It’s not always easy to determine when or if extra help is going to be required. When a person is advancing in years, they may have a difficult time not just asking for support and assistance every once in a while, but even recognizing when they need it.
Home care is one of the best options for aging seniors, but how can a person truly know if it’s time for them to take advantage of this valuable service?
First, it’s important to understand what home care offers.
Many people simply don’t know very much about home care support services in the first place. If they don’t know what home care can do, how can they possibly reach a point in realizing it’s ideal for them at this time in their life?
Home care aides can assist with a wide range of basic tasks of everyday life. This might include bathing, toileting, getting dressed in the morning, running errands like going food shopping, preparing meals, doing the laundry, light housekeeping, and so forth.
Experienced home care aides can also provide companionship for aging seniors who live alone. Many people overlook this incredibly valuable asset of home care support services simply because they focus more on the physical necessities seniors face with diminishing strength and increasing health issues. In truth, companionship can be just as important for emotional support as physical assistance to stay safe.
Second, acknowledge one’s own limitations.
A difficult challenge people will face as they get older is not just acknowledging, but accepting one’s own limits. When a senior is moving through their mid to late 70s, they simply can’t do many of the things that were once easy in their 40s or 50s.
Change usually happens slowly unless there’s an accident or health issue. Because change is often slow, it can be difficult for some seniors to accept when they’re now putting themselves at risk attempting to do certain things around the house.
When an aging senior can accept his or her limitations a bit easier, they may look elsewhere for support.
Third, they don’t have a strong support family network.
It doesn’t mean their family doesn’t love them, but they don’t live close enough or have the time to devote to physically assisting this senior as often as he or she needs. In most cases still, even if a senior has a good family support network around them, nothing is better than experience when it comes to home care support.
If you are considering home care for seniors in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
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