Many older adults prefer to age in place, or live in their own homes. An AARP survey found 90 percent of older adults questioned about the topic felt this way. As for how you can help a senior loved one successfully achieve this goal, there are some sources of support that can be beneficial, such as the ones discussed below.
This type of support may involve working with a contractor or a company that installs assistance devices such as stairlifts and ramps. The goal here is to make appropriate modifications to your loved one’s home so he or she can remain safe and as independent as possible.
Meal Delivery Services
If one of your main concerns is making sure your loved one is eating healthy meals at home, consider a local meal delivery service. Many of these companies give clients the option to choose what they want in their meals. Some of them also allow for special dietary requests to be made.
A home caregiver can help your loved one plan and prepare nutritious meals. Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care North Broward seniors can depend on.
Personal Emergency Response Systems
A personal emergency response system (PERS) features a transmitter that provides instant access to assistance directly from your loved one’s home. The lightweight transmitter can be easily worn as a bracelet, necklace, or wristband, or it can be placed in a pocket. These systems are typically directly linked to emergency response centers that are capable of sending help right away. Some even store medical histories to further increase awareness of possible risks.
Senior Ride Services
If your loved one reaches a point where he or she is no longer able to drive, a senior ride service can provide transportation to where he or she needs to go. Some services allow escorts to come along for free if your loved one needs extra assistance when out and about.
If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of home care services. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.
Automated Bill Payments
Should there be concerns about memory lapses that may result in unpaid bills, one solution is to set up automated bill payments for your loved one. This way, payments are automatically deducted from your loved one’s preferred account. Plus, records of payments and current balances can be conveniently viewed online.
Medication Reminder Apps/Medication Delivery
It’s common for older adults to need to take medication at certain times of the day. It’s also easy for seniors to lose track of when they should take their medication. If this is one of the concerns you have about your loved one living at home, medication reminder apps can provide added peace of mind. Other options include vibrating pill containers that beep or vibrate when it’s time to take a pill.
A related form of support is a medication delivery service. Some local pharmacies also provide this type of service free or for a small fee, which can be especially helpful if your loved one normally has to make multiple trips to the pharmacy.
Family & Friends
A great resource for seniors looking to age in place is family and friends. Even little things like lending a hand with yard work or helping out with more demanding household tasks can make aging in place easier.
Aging in place can also be an achievable goal because of in-home care. This type of support is typically provided on an as-needed basis through an agency. The caregivers are carefully selected and trained to provide a broad range of nonmedical assistance with tasks that often include:
• Light housekeeping
• Daily grooming
• Cooking and other daily tasks
Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional elder care North Broward seniors can trust and rely on. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional care for your loved one. If your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at 954-906-5161.