For most seniors, the goal is to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Perhaps a more reasonable goal would be to stay in your home as long as it’s safe. There are certain dangers in remaining at home for older adults, especially if they live alone. Home healthcare services can help make staying at home safer and healthier for an older adult. It is usually best for everyone if they stay home longer.
Some of the biggest issues for seniors who wish to stay in their own home have to do with physical safety, household maintenance, social isolation, health care and personal care. All can pose a threat to the bodily health or emotional, mental state of an older adult. Most of these challenges can be effectively addressed for a significant length of time with in-home care for elderly loved ones.
Health and Personal Care
When a senior begins having trouble performing the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), it is time to consider help. It’s often the little things like oral and dental care, grooming and bathing that bring a senior citizen to care facilities. A lack of ability to take care of these on a daily basis often determines whether a senior can safely remain at home. A qualified home health care aide will ensure that a senior’s personal care needs are met. Medically, even with a good memory, it’s easy to forget a dose of medication. Home health aides remind the client to take their medication, thereby ensuring that a senior’s medical needs are met.
For some seniors, running the vacuum or mopping the floor is an arduous if not impossible task. Simple home upkeep can be overwhelming and small repairs often go undone. Even making a nutritious meal seems too much to do. A little help with light housekeeping and meal preparation can help a senior stay in their home.
Never discount the value of companionship and conversation. Personal interaction makes a huge difference in a person’s attitude and mood. However, isolation need not be a necessary by-product of homecare. A home health aide can accompany a senior on a walk, a few errands or a fun outing. As such, aides help keep them safe while they enjoy much-needed social opportunities. Therefore, for those seniors who wish to remain in their current homes while being socially active, homecare services can help make that wish come true.
When home healthcare becomes necessary, David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services. Visit our website at David York Agency – providing healthcare professionals to the elderly and infirm, with the highest degree of personal service.
For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 877.216.7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to help you and your loved ones. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. For any additional questions about home health care options for your loved one, please contact us.