Senior citizens often want to stay in their homes and be as independent as possible, but that can become a challenge as they get older. Seniors may develop arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They may also develop Alzheimer’s or dementia and become unable to care for themselves and live alone safely.
Seniors May Not Get the Care They Need at Senior Communities
Older adults often move into communities for seniors or assisted living facilities when they are no longer able to live alone and care for themselves. Unfortunately, many seniors and their families do not plan ahead for the possibility that they may one day need to do so. Instead, they wait until an accident happens and causes an injury or an individual’s condition deteriorates to the point where it is no longer safe to remain at home alone. Then they scramble to find the first senior community with a vacancy and move in.
Communities for seniors vary widely in terms of the services and support they provide. Some are nursing homes that provide around-the-clock medical care. Others are assisted living facilities where seniors can receive some help with meals and chores. In other cases, seniors have their own apartments where they are responsible for preparing all of their own meals and doing their own laundry and cleaning.
Not every senior living community is right for every senior. In many cases, older adults find themselves living in communities that do not provide the services they need. A community may be a good fit when the individual moves in, but as challenges increase over time, it may no longer be adequate.
How an In-Home Caregiver from Dependable Care Can Help
If your loved one is living in a senior community that does not provide all of the services and support he or she needs, you don’t necessarily have to look for another community, disrupt your family member’s life, and take him or her away from a familiar environment with friends. Another option that is less disruptive and can provide the support your loved one needs is to hire a caregiver to help on a part-time basis at the senior community.
Caregivers from Dependable Care have helped many seniors throughout Connecticut with daily tasks so they could remain as independent as possible. A caregiver can help your loved one with grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, errands, and medication reminders. He or she can also help with personal care tasks, such as toileting, bathing, and dressing.
If your loved one is living in a senior community that does not provide all of the care he or she needs, that doesn’t mean he or she needs to move. Hiring a caregiver from Dependable Care can help your family member stay in the place where he or she is comfortable and has developed friendships while getting the care necessary. Contact Dependable Care today to find the right caregiver for your loved one.