It is widely accepted that the Baby Boomer generation is reaching the age of being considered seniors. In many cases, this growing group of older adults will need assistance to remain independent. However, aging in place should be the goal, not the exception. Here are three ways to help them stay in their homes.
- Offer To Run Errands
Transportation can be a significant barrier for seniors trying to remain at home. Between age-related vision and hearing loss and possible cognitive decline, many older adults can no longer get behind the wheel. A lack of transportation is often more pronounced in rural areas — which generally provide limited public services — than in urban ones with multiple options for getting around. You can help loved ones overcome this barrier by offering to run errands or take them to the store. It’s also a good idea to check with local senior centers to see if they have a volunteer ride program.
- Assist With Household Tasks
For some aging adults, getting stuff done around the house is a bigger problem. Finding a reliable elder care program Waukesha can be a tremendous help when light housework or weekly cleanings are needed. For many seniors, providers do more than housework; they also serve as valuable companions to help keep loneliness and isolation at bay.
- Arrange Healthcare Services
Many people feel that seniors with complex medical needs automatically must go to a nursing facility. However, staying at home is possible even if you or a loved one needs specialized medical care. In-home nursing programs can help with everything from changing dressings to coordinated complex medical care plans.
There are many reasons why aging in place is important. That is why, even if seniors need assistance to stay in their homes, it is important to understand barriers to staying at home and available resources to overcome them. Transportation programs, help with household tasks and in-home medical services can help older adults remain in their own homes as they age.