Aging brings a lot of changes. Some of those changes are wonderful things, like retirement and grandchildren. However, there are also many things associated with aging that can cause older adults to worry about the future. Below are several common fears among older adults and some of the ways that home care can help relieve those fears.
Losing Their Independence.
One of the things that seniors may worry about is losing their independence. Sometimes they lose the ability to drive because of vision, mobility, or cognitive problems. Not being able to drive can cause older adults to become housebound and reliant on family members to drive them places. Or, they may have conditions that make it difficult for them to take care of a home on their own. These things can make it more likely for seniors to have to move to long-term care facilities or move in with family members.
A home care provider can drive the older adult to the places they need to go, including the grocery store, pharmacy, medical appointments, and to social engagements. Home care providers can also keep the house clean, cook meals, do laundry, and even assist with basic pet care.
Some forgetfulness is normal as people age, but it can make seniors worry that their “senior moments” might be a sign of dementia. Most of the time, there’s no need for worry. However, even if they do develop dementia, a home care provider can assist them with daily tasks so that they can stay in their home for as long as possible. Home care providers can remind them to do important things like take medications, go to appointments, or pay bills.
Older adults are at a higher risk for falls, which can lead them to worry about being injured and unable to get help. Home care providers can help reduce the risk of falls in the home by removing clutter and reporting safety concerns, such as broken stairs or uneven surfaces, to family caregivers. Also, knowing that a home care provider will be visiting can relieve worries about getting injured while alone.
Seniors may fear developing health problems that make life difficult. Having a home care provider can help them to live a healthier lifestyle. A home care provider can cook healthy meals, keep the older adult more physically active, remind them to take medications, and drive them to appointments for check-ups and screenings.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Helena, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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