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Helping Seniors Age in Place

Helping Seniors Age in Place

 Maybe a senior care business term for serving to the old stays in their home instead of tolerating family or get into power-assisted living. "Aging In Place"

I hate this term. It sounds like leftovers rotting in the refrigerator. Who wants to do that?

We are all living longer than anybody expected. 

Helping Seniors Age in Place, Seniors Age
Helping Seniors Age in Place

The original Social Security business model expected people to retire at age 65 and be dead by age 72! Not so, now. It is not unusual for people to live well beyond eighty and indeed the population of those 100+ continues to grow.

 In fact, futurists predict that by the middle of this century, living beyond 100 years will be the norm.

So what exactly needs to be addressed when seniors want to remain in their home? I'm here to tell you that aging in place is more than grab bars in the tub and Meals on Wheels delivery.

Remaining at home should not mean monotonous days filled with TV and solitaire and nothing else to look forward to.

Let's discard the term "aging in place" right now.

I like mistreatment the term "Safe, Happy and Engaged In Life at Home".
No rotting in the frig allowed. If your beloved senior is rotting at home, its time to make a change or move them somewhere else.
The term, "use it or lose it" is applied here in the very truest sense. In this youth-oriented world, seniors are made to feel irrelevant. 
With most of them non-tech-savvy, the internet makes them feel left out. The world is scarier now, crowds make them nervous and politics make them crazy.
 Isolation diminishes their social skills and makes them even more reluctant to re-engage in life. So what is the solution?
Families of seniors have to be willing to take a closer look at the lives their elders are really living.
 If they are slipping into dementia, is it because they have nothing to do other than watch Jeopardy and play solitaire and nothing to think about or is it for organic reasons? I'm not entirely convinced that all dementia is organic
. In my senior move management practice, I have seen many seniors blossom both physically and mentally when they are reconnected with the outside world. So can they be Safe, 
Happy and Engaged in Life at home? 
Maybe. It will take more than a visiting nurse and food delivery to accomplish it. Seniors need to BE in the world - participating at a Senior Community Center and take to their beloved symphonies, lectures or theatre as well as interaction with younger people. 

A couple of basic classes on the internet wouldn't hurt either! Sending email to their grandchildren would be such fun!

So much of their lost mobility is due to lack of exercise. A colleague of mine commented the other day that if she saw one more group of seniors playing balloon volleyball, she was going to scream. 
Seniors need physical activity too -from professionals - not just the person who is also in charge of arts and crafts. 

We have to remember that these little old wrinkled bodies once ran the world, indeed SAVED the world and still have a lot of showing us and we owe them more than a life of Jeopardy and Solitaire at home.

A Homecare Provider Helps Seniors Age Independently

As our population ages, medical advances are enabling many seniors to live longer, fuller lives than ever before. Exciting travel, new hobbies, making friends-your golden years can be your chance to experience all those things you've been saving up for.

And with new medical advances, it can be difficult when you realize that a family member is no longer quite as independent as before. 

A Homecare Provider Helps Seniors Age Independently, Seniors Age
 Homecare Provider Helps Seniors Age Independently

People rarely change overnight from complete self-sufficiency to needing round-the-clock care.
 There is a the transition that can last years when a senior may only need help for a few hours a day or a few days a week.

Homecare services can help you bridge this transition. Hiring a licensed home care provider can keep your family member in her home for longer and for less money than nursing home placement would cost.

The Benefits of Home care Services

There are many advantages to hiring a home care provider to help your loved one age independently:

• Familiar surroundings. In some cases, as a person ages, change can become difficult or confusing. A home that has been lived in for years can provide a much-needed touchstone and anchor.

• The comforts of home. Whether your family member has an active social life and is always on the go, or whether she is a homebody who enjoys puttering around the garden, living in her home brings with it an added level of freedom and privacy.

• Self-determination. Nursing homes determine the schedules, menus, and staffing for their residents. But in her own home, your family member will have control over her own schedule, her own meals, and whom she chooses to work with from the home care provider.

• Better socialization. A personal home is just more welcoming than a nursing home. Hosting family dinners or afternoon teas for friends is easier in your own house.

• Personalized care. In a nursing home, the staff members' attention is divided between many different people at the same time. But with home care services, your family member receives one-on-one assistance.

One Client, One Homecare Provider

Every senior's needs are different. Some may be suffering from an illness such as dementia or Alzheimers. Some may have a physical disability that limits movement.

 And some may simply need physical assistance with chores and getting around town. A home care provider can provide you with an in-house aide who is a specialist in your family member's condition and will treat her with respect and caring.

Additionally, when there are only one or two persons providing care to your family member, communication is easier and mistakes in treatment are rarer. 

Your home cares the aide isn't looking at a chart; they are looking at your family member and will be more alert to any changes in her condition.

Recovery and Short-Term Care

Homecare services are also available for short-term care, such as during convalescence after surgery or other hospital procedure.

 Caring for your family member in her own home can be significantly less expensive than the cost of keeping her in the hospital to recover, especially since Medicaid does cover many licensed home care providers.

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