Services For the Elderly Who Need Help at Home

Services can provide a huge difference in a senior's quality of life. 
The majority of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. Aging in place has many benefits, such as it is more comfortable and far less expense. But it can also increase risk. As seniors age, they may need more help at home. The following are some of, but not an exclusive list of, the service seniors may need: 

  • Cooking
  • Light housekeeping
  • Companionship
  • Personal grooming and dressing
  • Shopping
  • Doctor visits
  • Transportation
  • Yard work
  • Mobility assistance
  • House maintenance and small repairs
  • Overnight stays (24-hour care)
  • Long-distance check-ins
  • Respite care
  • Alzheimer/Dementia care

Let’s take a look at some of the services that can provide a huge difference in the senior’s quality of life:

1. Meal delivery.

Malnutrition in common in seniors. Mobility problems, lack of income, and decreased interest in preparing and eating meals are only a few of the reasons seniors may not be getting the right nutrition for their needs.

In addition, many seniors have restricted diets for things like diabetes, heart health, gluten intolerance, renal disease, and the like. Preparing meals to fit the limitations placed on them with these dietary restrictions can be challenging. Seniors and caregivers alike can benefit from taking the hassle out of meal prep. Meal delivery, such as that offered by Mom’s Meals, can provide healthy meals that fit restrictions to the senior on a regular basis, insuring they are getting the nutrition they need.

2. Housekeeping.

Housekeeping and other home maintenance services such as laundry, shopping, and handyman services can help reduce the stress of a senior who is remaining in their own home. It can be challenging to meet the demands of home ownership and maintenance, and limited mobility and aging can make this even more so. Having a laundry service, a handyman service, or a grocery delivery service can lighten the load, and take the stress out of the day-to-day.

3. Transportation.

Many seniors find it difficult to drive. Decreased eyesight and hearing, slower reaction times, and other maladies common with aging can make it stressful and dangerous to drive. But how do you get to appointments, social engagements, and doctor visits? Consider using a transportation service to help you get where you need to without hassle. This will allow you to get to the grocery store even when the weather is bad, and to never miss a doctor appointment.

Aging in place is a worthy goal, but it is important to utilize available resources such as in-home nursing, meal delivery, grooming, transportation assistance and the like to make it safer and more practical for the senior. When a caregiver knows a senior has meals coming in, or an aid to help with personal hygiene and grooming, they can worry less about slips and falls in the bathroom, malnutrition, etc. And the senior can have a higher quality of life.

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