Resources to Help a Senior Age in Place
Posted on August 21, 2012
in Elder Care Planning
Updated 7/27/15 4:32pm | Alert1’s specialty is caring
for the older adults in your life. When talking with friends and colleagues who
care for elderly relatives, our conversation often turns to time-saving senior services
we use to make the job a bit easier. Everyone needs some help, and between
work, taking care of our own families and finding time for ourselves, there are
certain things we just can't do. Alert1 wants to encourage more conversation on
the load of caregiving while switching over to paid services. You may
feel like you’re taking a shortcut, but in the end you’re saving more quality
time to spend with your aging loved ones.
Nowadays there are many
resources available that may be helpful for your aging loved ones. Of course,
you may meet resistance in encouraging your parents or grandparents to take
advantage of these services. Seniors can be hesitant to spend the extra money,
but if they're serious about continuing to live in their own homes, then these
services can be vital. One of the easier routes to convincing your loved
ones about the service is to have them own this idea. See if you can drop
subtle hints to your senior. You could
have your older adult read over brochures or schedule an initial call for your
senior with a phone representative. We’ve
outlined a few of the services that can help you caregivers take better care of
themselves and the seniors in their lives.
Get Groceries Delivered to the Doorstep
There’s no guarantee
your senior is safe while grocery shopping or running errands around town.
Not only have many stopped driving, but carrying bags full of groceries is
simply not an option. Your busy day to day life leaves you little time to shop
for yourself, let alone shop for loved ones. Grocery delivery services have
been a lifeline for a number of seniors I know. One of my colleagues gets
a list from her mother and then places the order online every couple of weeks,
and she has all her groceries delivered right to her kitchen in the next day or
so. A number of online merchants will also deliver various household items to
your parents' home, and many offer free delivery.
Make Housekeeping a Clean Sweep for Seniors
For many people, the
threat of fall
related injuries is a very pressing concern. Having your loved one's house kept
clean and free of clutter can prevent life-threatening complications. I know many
older adults who use cleaning services to ease their concerns. These services
can be especially helpful if your loved one has physical limitations that make
activities like vacuuming, sweeping and mopping more painful and
difficult. Most seniors need a cleaning service only once a month or once
every couple of weeks to improve the cleanliness and tidiness of their homes.
Home Improvement Made Easy
Owning a home can become
burdensome to older adults as ordinary maintenance tasks become harder to do.
While family members can help with seasonal
maintenance tasks, a big need for many seniors is smaller tasks such as
replacing burned out light bulbs in ceiling lighting, fixing window screens,
fixing broken pipes or other typical home repairs. Older adults put
themselves at risk when they climb ladders to perform home repairs, and of
course falls become more likely when light bulbs go out. Having a local
trusted handyman on call can easily address this issue. Services such as
Angie’s List or neighborhood email lists can be great places to find reputable
resources to help your loved one.
Cooking Up Senior Friendly Meals
In terms of prepared
meals, there are a number of national and local businesses who will prepare and
ship or deliver nutritious meals to your family members. A terrific nonprofit organization
such as Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to home-bound seniors. These
organizations prepare meals that contribute to a longer,
healthier life. We've found that there are many affordable options to help keep seniors aligned with their budget. Also food delivery is especially useful for seniors who are prone to kitchen-related accidents; you’ll never worry about your aging loved ones leaving
the burner on again!
Of course, each family's situation is different and necessitates different services, but my colleagues
and I agree - they're vital to caregiving. Alert1 wants to know: what services
do you think are most important?
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