According to GlobeNewswire, over 90% of adults over age 50 want to age in place—they’re comfortable in their homes and want to stay there.
The older these adults get, the more they may be in need of in-home elderly services.
Are you getting older and realize you may need some assistance to get through the day? Perhaps you have an aging relative and you want to make sure all their needs are taken care of.
How do you know which types of in-home services are the ones to focus on? What will most boost the quality of day-to-day life?
Below, we offer 5 of the best in-home elderly services to consider.
1. Cleaning and Maintenance
As people get older, it can grow difficult to keep a house clean. Keeping track of the routine maintenance of a home can be tricky, too.
Hire a cleaning service to come to the home on a regular basis to thoroughly clean, vacuum, and dust. In addition, nearby family and friends or local services can help with routine tasks such as raking leaves, shoveling snow, or checking on appliances.
Outsourcing these jobs prevents injury, relieves stress, and keeps the home a happy and healthy place to be.
2. Mobility Assistance and Transportation
The simple act of moving around can become challenging for elderly people. They may find it hard to get around the house (particularly if there are stairs). Driving may become a dangerous endeavor.
You can invite an elder care professional into the home and discuss all the options for making it easier to get around. They may suggest widening doors, putting in ramps, or getting a lift for the stairs.
It may also be helpful to get a caregiver to come to the home for a period of time each day to assist with activities that require movement around the house.
Transportation services may also be used to take seniors to doctor appointments, the grocery store, or anywhere else they need to go.
3. Personal Care Needs/Medication Control
It can get harder to take care of daily needs as you grow older. Assistance may be required for many types of tasks.
A licensed in-home nurse can check on the overall health of the elderly people in their care. They may take vitals and help with medication. The nurse can also assist with wound care and pain control.
An in-home caregiver can help out with all of those day-to-day routines. They can help with any daily task that has become challenging. These may include dressing, bathing, and cooking.
4. Physical Therapy
Many elderly people require physical therapy. Physical therapy services may aid in recovery from an accident or surgery. Maintenance of a condition such as arthritis or other mobility issues can also be a target. Therapy services may be given at a hospital or a therapy center.
For an elderly person who finds it difficult to leave the house, in-home physical therapy may be just the ticket. A licensed therapist can come right to the house to provide whatever help is needed.
Many older people live on their own. This can get quite lonely. A caregiver who comes to the home can provide more than just assistance with daily tasks. They can provide companionship.
Simply sitting down for a cup of coffee and talking about current events can do wonders for the morale of an elderly person. Be sure not to leave this one off the list when thinking about in-home services.
Finding In-Home Elderly Services
There are many in-home elderly services out there. Any Google search will turn up a wide variety of options for you to investigate.
Before beginning your search, try to make a list of all the services that are most important to you or your loved one. You can then find a provider or set of providers that offer exactly what you need to boost your quality of life.
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