Living independently does not mean that your senior has to do everything by herself. In fact, it’s smarter and safer for her to have home care assistance helping her as much as she needs so that she’s able to keep aging in place the way that she wants to.
Eating healthy meals on a regular basis can make a huge difference in your elderly family member’s ability to age in place for as long as she wants to do so. The key is having help with the parts that are becoming more challenging, including shopping, preparing the foods, and cleaning up afterward. When your elderly family member is getting the nutrition that she needs, so much is possible for her in terms of aging in place happily.
Keeping up with all of the challenges of managing a household is hard work, and it might be that these tasks are getting to be too much for your senior. Home care assistance can tackle those chores for her in a shorter period of time, allowing her to enjoy the time that she has in her home. Your elderly family member can spend that energy in other ways that support her goals.
But it isn’t just household tasks that might be more challenging for your senior. Taking care of her own needs can also be more difficult. Elder care providers can help your senior to safely shower and bathe, ensure that she’s wearing clean clothing, and that she’s got the help that she needs with other personal care tasks, too. This helps your elderly family member to feel better emotionally, too.
It can be so difficult to find group activities or to meet with friends at a certain point. Home care assistance can make it easier for your elderly family member to socialize in the ways that she wants to. This can help her to avoid loneliness and isolation that might otherwise take a toll on her emotionally. And your elderly family member will have the interactions she needs and wants, but on her own terms.
Mobility, at Home and Around Town
There are degrees of mobility and your elderly family member may need help with all of them. At home, it’s important that she’s able to move safely through her home. That might mean having home care assistance to lean on as she’s walking or someone to make sure that she’s using her assistive devices as she needs them. When she’s out of the house, your senior may need home care assistance to do the driving for her, keeping her safe and helping her to get where she wants to go.
The right amount of help is going to help your elderly family member to stay independent for a lot longer than she might expect. Many seniors reject help, thinking that it will cut into their independence. But the reality is that the right help offers ways for your senior to continue to be independent.