Seniors And Home Care. Is this option right for your loved ones?
Seniors And Home Care
Do you worry that Mom and Dad will not be able to enjoy their senior years in their own home? Will they burn down the house? Suffer a fall(like many seniors do)? Forget to eat properly? What if they become frightened and cannot reach you?
Or perhaps you yourself are looking forward to retiring and want to be prepared to live safely and happily where you are most comfortable?
The popular media and fast-paced lifestyle of many families can lead to isolation for the older generations and does not adequately address seniors and home care issues.
I remember a particular visit to a nursing home several years ago where I was informed that some of the residents hadn’t had a visitor in months, and some never had visitors at all! Can you imagine for a moment just how lonely that would make you feel?
Having served on several Church boards in the 1990s, I have seen situations where the priorities and resources don’t seem to allow for the effective caring of its senior population. I have also noticed this in communities where seniors (especially shut-ins) are lonely and would “give their kingdoms” for a visit.
At Seniors and Home Care, we believe that seniors still have a lot to contribute to society. From a seniors and home care perspective, we should do all we can to help them remain in their homes. Did you know that the “U.S. Constitution” was signed by Benjamin Franklin when he was 81 years old?
Did you know that one of the most famous painters in American history did not start painting until she was in her 70s? That was Grandma Moses.
Consider these ways that seniors contribute to society:
- They provide a connection to the past.
- They actually know how to fix things, as opposed to replacing parts.
- They have life experience.
- They have amazing stories if given half a chance to share them.
- They have the ability to do things manually (without electricity for example).
It seems to me that in times past it was easier for families to stay together. As mom and dad grew old, they would move in with their children or vice versa. Today this is an exception instead of the rule.
If you’re a son or daughter who is concerned about the welfare of your aging parents and wonder if it’s possible for them to remain in their homes into their nineties, you’re in the right place. Our hope here at Seniors and Home Care is that you will find our articles a source of help and encouragement in your goal t0 help your parent/s remain in their homes as long as they want to.
Since most seniors want to remain in their homes as long as possible, why not get involved early in the process and help your parent accomplish this goal?
According to a major study on the state of senior caregiving in the United States, about 80% of seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible. The reasons may vary, but include the following:
- They want to maintain their independence
- They feel safer and more comfortable in the familiar surroundings of their existing homes and neighborhoods.
- The seniors and home care solution could be the least expensive of the available options.
- They have access to their friends and a support network in their existing homes and neighborhoods.
As you struggle with these challenges, sometimes the tendency is to think the only solution is a retirement or nursing home care setting. My hope is that as you check out the various links at seniors and home care (at the top of this page or in the sidebar to the right) you’ll find lots of valuable information that will give you (and Mom and Dad) more choices than you may have first thought.