As people get older, they may begin to experience a host of medical problems or mental decline. Conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and dementia can make it difficult or unsafe for seniors to continue to live alone. Nonetheless, many older adults want to remain in their homes and be as independent as possible. They often need help from others in order to be able to do so.
Some Family Members Can Help with Care
In many cases, family members who live nearby help with tasks such as cooking, grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning. Family caregivers can be a valuable resource and can allow seniors to be able to stay in the homes where they feel comfortable and remain as independent as possible.
Options If Relatives Live Too Far away to Help
In some instances, it is not possible for family members to provide care because they live too far away. While relatives can call to check in, send emails, visit occasionally, and keep in touch with a loved one’s neighbors, friends, and doctors, this is not the same as being physically present and able to provide care.
When a senior citizen is unable to take care of himself or herself without assistance and there are no family members nearby who can provide care, relatives often begin to consider options such as nursing homes and assisted living communities. While these can be good choices for some seniors that can provide care and peace of mind for relatives, moving can be difficult for many older adults who may have lived in their homes for decades and may not want to leave. The stress of moving and being in a new environment with unfamiliar people can be especially problematic for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia because they may become confused or disoriented.
How an In-Home Caregiver from Dependable Care Can Help
If you are concerned about a loved one but live too far away to provide care and you don’t want your family member to be forced to move, there is another option. You can hire an in-home caregiver who can provide assistance for anywhere from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.
Dependable Care has a team of trained and compassionate caregivers who help seniors across Connecticut. Our staff can provide assistance with a wide range of tasks, including cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, medication reminders, and personal care such as bathing, toileting, and dressing. A caregiver can make sure your loved one is safe and he or she is eating nutritious meals, exercising, and socializing with others. This can give you peace of mind that your loved one is receiving excellent care, even when you are too far away to visit as often as you would like. To learn more and to find the right caregiver for your loved one, contact Dependable Care today.