Five Things an Elderly Care Provider Can do for Seniors That May Surprise You
As people age, it can be more difficult for them to remain safely in their homes. Often illness and disability can force elderly people to move out of their homes and into long-term care facilities. Yet, according to AARP, 87 percent of people aged 65 and older want to remain in their homes. When the problems that come with old age—mobility issues, vision problems, the inability to drive, etc.—make it difficult for seniors to care for themselves, hiring an elderly care provider can make the difference between staying at home and needing to move to a facility. Elderly care providers can do all sorts of things for older adults, and some of them you may never even have thought of.
Here are just five surprising things elderly care providers can do for seniors:
#1 Provide Transportation
Seniors who do not drive are at risk for social isolation, which puts them at risk for depression. In fact, 50 percent of people who are 65 and older and do not drive don’t get out of the house at all on most days. An elderly care professional can provide transportation to and from medical appointments, social engagements, stores, or any other place in the community.
#2 Arts and Crafts
Did you know that elderly care professionals can spend time with seniors just engaging in fun activities, such as arts and crafts? Such activities can prevent boredom, but sometimes older adults have trouble manipulating small pieces or reading instructions.
#3 Button, Zip, and Tie Clothing
Aging fingers sometimes don’t work as well as they once did. It can be hard to button clothing, pull a zipper up, or tie shoes. Wearing clothing that avoids all these things really limits fashion choices. Elderly care providers can help maintain dignity by assisting with dressing.
#4 Eating Companion
We’ve all seen scenes in movies where someone who is living alone stands eating a bowl of cereal over the sink rather than making a meal to eat alone at the table. When seniors are living alone, they may avoid cooking because it just seems like too much trouble or because they don’t enjoy eating alone. As a result, they may not eat a healthy diet. Elderly care professionals can help seniors to cook meals and keep them company while they dine.
#5 Go for Walks
Everyone needs exercise, regardless of age. However, older adults may not be comfortable exercising because they fear injuring themselves. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for older adults because it’s easy to do, costs nothing, and isn’t hard on joints. Elderly care professionals can go for walks with older adults to ensure they remain safe.
Elderly care providers are an excellent way for older adults to remain safely at home. They help seniors to maintain their dignity, live a healthy lifestyle , and avoid boredom and social isolation.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering hiring a caregiver in Tustin, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
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Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
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