You worry about your mom and dad living alone. They wish you wouldn’t worry. Rather than argue about your uncertainties, sit down and listen to your parents. Seniors often wish their adult children would realize these four things about aging at home.
The House is Familiar
Moving to a new location is scary. Most seniors prefer the idea of staying in the home they know. They like their neighbors. They know the dogs that are likely to charge while they’re walking. They know how to get from their house to area stores or businesses. They don’t feel comfortable changing that at this age.
It’s Hard to Ask for Help
Your parents may need help, but pride may be keeping them from reaching out. Pay attention to them when you visit. If you see your mom pushing or dragging a laundry basket down the stairs, she may not be able to carry it while navigating the stairs anymore. She could use help carrying heavier items.
While driving with your dad, he has a hard time checking his blind spots. He can’t turn his neck far enough. It may be a good time to talk about giving up the keys and hiring homecare services to drive him to stores, senior centers, and medical or dental offices.
Visitors Are Appreciated
Some seniors don’t have many friends or family members living in the area. On holidays they may get far more visitors than they see the rest of the year. It can be lonely never having people stop by. It’s just as hard for a senior to admit loneliness is a factor. For some seniors, that loneliness is a key reason they will answer the phone and talk to a stranger, which increases the risk of falling for a scam.
Moving to Assisted Living Isn’t Always Best
Some adults think assisted living is safer as the staff is always available. There are downsides. First, there’s the risk of disease as dozens or hundreds of seniors are all living under one roof. Viruses can spread quickly. Second, even with staff available 24/7, your parent still may fall and not be near a call button. No one would notice until the next day’s check or your parent misses a meal.
Relieve your uncertainty by talking to your parents about homecare services in their area. You’ll have peace of mind that they’re not alone. They don’t have to move into assisted living to appease you. Call our homecare specialist now to discuss the available options.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Homecare Services in Essex County NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.
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