Published: December 15, 2022
Aging is both a natural and inevitable part of life. The golden years are a time people should embrace. It is also important to recognize the changes and limitations that are part of the aging process. While maintaining a sense of independence is a priority for many aging adults, it is also important to address trouble areas that are easy to overlook.
For many people, keeping a sense of empowerment and positivity is important in the aging process. However, knowing where help is needed is a good strategy for staying safe and stronger for even longer! So, what services do seniors need most? Here are a few to consider.
Living in a safe, clean, and organized environment is vital for aging seniors. Cleaning tasks may not be as easy to complete as they once were.
Many seniors who opt to age in place will need to incorporate house cleaning services into their lifestyle. Having professionals take care of a monthly deep clean and weekly dust-over can make a huge difference in eliminating the risk of falls and slips while cleaning.
It is also important to consider home maintenance standards. Activities like mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, or changing light bulbs might not be possible for a senior at a certain point. Having professionals or family members on hand to handle those tasks keeps a residence safe while reducing the risk of injury to a loved one.
Mobility assistance often sits at the top of the list. Whether it’s help moving around during an errand outside or within their residence, keeping seniors safe begins with making mobility issues a priority.
Changes to a home may be necessary to make independent mobility more accessible and less risky. Renovating certain areas of the home may be necessary . A good place to start is widening doorways for wheelchairs, adding ramps, and making sure showers have handrails. Walk-in showers are easier for seniors to access than stepping up and over into a tub.
As mobility issues become more of a concern, increasing the hours a caretaker spends at home may be necessary. Similarly, it may indicate that it’s time to upgrade home enhancements to include chair lifts or even hospital beds.
Just as they did when they were younger, senior citizens have to attend to personal care needs. That might include assistance with everything from grooming and bathing to dressing for the day ahead.
In many cases, a family member or home health professional will be needed. Covering the daily basics is important for health standards and overall quality of life for seniors.
At some point seniors may have to give up their driving. Cognitive or physical changes can make driving difficult and unsafe.
It’s important to have options in place for seniors so they can get where they need to go when they are no longer able to drive themselves. You may need to consider hiring a dedicated caretaker who can get your elderly family member or loved one to necessary medical appointments if family isn’t available. If they are involved in a senior citizen community or a member of a local church, many have volunteers to assist with driving seniors to needed appointments.
Sometimes, increased medication use is part of the aging process, as the body requires more support to remain healthy and strong.
Many seniors will require assistance to keep track of daily medication requirements. They also may need help scheduling and keeping track of doctor appointments and follow-ups.
Family members may be able to help with medication tracking but home health care professionals may be an option as well.
Healthy nutrition is an integral part of a seniors well being. The need for nutritious meals doesn’t change for seniors, but the ability to keep up with cooking typically does.
Having family members willing to prepare meals for seniors aging in place is a good strategy. If the process becomes too consuming there are many meal delivery services that are regularly available to ensure seniors enjoy regular and nutritious meals every day of the week.
It is important for caregivers to understand this next phase in life that the elderly are experiencing. They also need someone to listen to their needs without passing judgment or giving them advice. They also need a little time for themselves, to process this journey of aging.
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