Most seniors want to age in the home they know. It’s a familiar setting. They know the community and may have many friends nearby. Aging at home can be desired, but it can also be challenging over the decades. Here are some of the challenges seniors encounter when aging at home.
Keeping Up With Home Repairs
An older home is going to need repairs. It’s inevitable. When the roof starts leaking, a window sill rots, or a heating system quits, repairs can’t wait. These added expenses can be hard to manage on retirement income.
Catching some of these issues early can help keep costs low. If your parent rarely goes into the basement, you can take over checks of pipes when you visit. Caregivers can keep up with cleaning and laundry. Caregivers can also make sure windows are shut when it rains, which can help keep window sills in good condition.
Driving a Car
Aging can make it harder to concentrate. It can make a neck and back stiff. It can cause vision to diminish. When this happens, it may become unsafe for your mom or dad to drive. They need to be able to get to stores, appointments, and entertainment venues. Senior care services like transportation help.
If you’re not sure how well your parent drives, it’s better to check now rather than wait until a crash happens. Offer to take your mom or dad to lunch and ask them to drive. Check reaction times, attention to blind spots, and how well they move a foot from one pedal to the next. If there are issues, it may be time to take away the car keys.
Whether arthritis has your parent sitting more often or the steps to preparing a meal are too easily forgotten, household management can be a challenge. Seniors may stop eating healthy meals, drinking enough water, and paying bills on time. Caregivers can help with household management.
Loneliness and Isolation
Not every senior citizen is lonely but some are. Where does your mom or dad live? Are friends nearby and available for regular chats. Is your parent in the country and miles from anyone else? If your parent is lonely, it can impact both physical and mental health.
Home care services can ease your parents’ frustrations when aging at home. With caregivers coming to drive them to stores and medical offices, they don’t have to avoid leaving the home. Meal preparation services keep them eating properly. Those are just two of the options. Call a home care agency to find out more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Far West Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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