If you are an older adult, or caring for an aging senior, the topic of home instead of senior care has likely come up. But, you don’t have to move to an assisted living facility to get the care needed. There are ways to get help with personal issues, meals, and medication while still living at home.
69% of people age 90 or more have a disability, according to government estimates. With numbers like these, it is clear support is needed. Reach out to get the care you need to stay in your home as long as possible.
Home Instead of Senior Care
Make a plan to stay in your home while recognizing that your needs will likely change over time. Get the support you need today. Then, put the right steps in place for future decisions. Bring trusted loved ones and family members into the planning process. Often, it’s helpful to talk to a counselor who is experienced in senior issues, too. They will have a background of knowledge to help you.
Needing Home Support
If you are providing support for your loved one in their senior years, know that there are ways to maximize the experience, both for you and the older adult in your care.
Some concerns include the following:
Safety – Older adults are at a higher risk of being targeted for financial scams. Block their names from telemarketer lists. Secure the home at vulnerable entry points. Some find it is helpful to have an emergency alert system in place as well.
Meals – If you are concerned that, as you age, you are relying on more prepackaged or other unhealthy meals, or if you have a senior you love you are worried is making unhealthy food choices, put a system in place. Look into local community centers to find out if they are serving up healthy meals. Or start scheduling potluck dinners, for example.
Household chores – It is a familiar problem for individuals who move less, due to aging or mobility issues, to need help with housework, their yards, and shopping. Maybe hiring a cleaning service or scheduling regular grocery deliveries would help. Anything to reduce the stress experienced by a senior who is choosing their home instead of senior care should be looked into.
Other Common Needs of Support
Exploring transportation options – While remaining active is important for health, it is not always possible for individuals who are experiencing pain, mobility issues, or health concerns. Transportation options have to be in place for seniors. They also need to be able to secure doctor’s appointments and maintain the ability to purchase daily necessities, such as groceries and medications.
Activities and friends – Human beings are social animals. There is no reason to feel isolated and alone while living at home instead of senior care. Look into new ways to interact with others. Explore local senior center options or find volunteers, from family members to individuals in the community.
Talking through all of these issues, and more, with a counselor can bring relief. Reach out today.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.