Independence for Seniors

It can often be difficult to watch a parent, grandparent, or loved one age. Families face many transitional challenges and caregiver tasks are often time-consuming, emotional, and financially challenging. However, the vast majority of seniors would choose to be taken care of in their own home rather than a nursing home. They also would prefer to receive assistance from trusted, familiar faces.

Maintaining some independence is often the key to quality of life as seniors age. Caregivers and family members can eliminate most of the risks seniors face by taking the right precautionary measures and assisting them with more difficult tasks.

How do I help seniors live independently?

Family members and caregivers can help seniors to maintain their independence by reducing the risks of living alone. These efforts would include eliminating potential safety hazards within the home, as well as reducing physically-taxing activities via delivery services and planned assistance for travel, socializing, and other activities.

Take Home Safety Precautions

Many accidents at home can be prevented. Some accidents, such as falls, can have devastating results for seniors. Taking precautionary safety measures around the home can prevent these injuries. Some easy safety changes are:

  • Adding bathroom railings
  • Lowering shelves or placing items on lower shelves for easy access
  • Removing clutter and clearing pathways through rooms and on stairs
  • Providing extra lighting to bathrooms, in the kitchen, and on stairs
  • Installing a home security system or digitally-controlled lights and thermostats via remote or computer

Reduce Difficult Tasks

For some elderly loved ones, driving can be challenging. Consider having your loved one do their shopping online so that items or groceries can be delivered to their doorstep. You could also consider setting them up with a transportation service like Senior Solutions Transportation. For difficult tasks around the house, consider placing items in convenient, easy-to-reach locations to eliminate strain or falls.

Maintain Interests & Socialization

Elderly loved ones want to continue to be independent, but often feel lonely as they age and become less able to do the things they used to love. They still need the compassion of their families, friends, and loved ones. Some tips to help with loneliness are:

  • Arranging weekly activities such as trips to the park, water aerobics, or games with friends
  • Visiting your elderly loved one as much as possible, or using video or phone chat features to check in with them regularly

How Our home Care Team Can Help

We provide seniors with a range of personal care services to promote health and independence, making it possible for the elderly to age where they want to age⁠—at home.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. With our personalized care plans, our clients choose the amount and type of care they prefer.

Home Care Services

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising overall care on a regular basis
  • Providing assistance with activities of daily living
  • Assisting with personal care
  • Assisting with exercise and mobility
  • Reminding clients to take medications
  • Keeping records
  • Preparing meals
  • Doing laundry
  • Shopping for groceries
  • Running errands
  • Escorting clients to appointments
  • Providing companionship and conversation
  • Providing respite care
  • Assisting clients with confusion, disorientation, or mental health issues
  • Light housekeeping
  • And many more!

Care Management

Our care management solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Initial assessment and routine evaluation to develop a Plan of Care
  • Coordination, communication, and collaboration with the care team and the family
  • Providing education about treatment options and serving as a resource to clients and their families
  • And many more!
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