Preventive Steps for Aging Seniors
As our elderly parents get older, they face increasing challenges. (At some point, we will all experience this!) Many of these challenges are characterized by health issues, and/or physical limitations. It can be quite difficult for some aging seniors to even acknowledge their own limitations. Not to mention, the very real possibility that their safety has become compromised due to aging issues. Unfortunately, if they don’t address these concerns as early as possible and seek help when necessary, they could be putting themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.
Insurance companies across the country have found that preventive checkups, and other healthcare awareness programming, helps to reduce the risk of costlier care in the future. For business reasons alone, keeping people healthy will help the insurance companies save money. But, it also keeps their clients safer.
The same concept can be used for those seniors who may have physical limitations or other health challenges. Certain daily tasks may become more difficult and dangerous for elderly. They may be home alone, with no support. They may attempt chores – bathing, driving, cleaning – which might now be best supported by assistance. Home care support services has often been a reactive service. In reality, home care services extend daily life for many.
Elderly support can come in many flavors. Local family who stop by to check-in. A neighbor, or neighborhood group, for socialization. Simple yearly check-ups with medical professionals. Early intervention programs and services for those with chronic conditions. Insurance companies may even provide “rewards” for healthy members.
Receiving the “right care at the right time” is absolutely crucial. Your elderly parents may suffer from impaired functions. They may be experiencing difficulties with daily living activities. Be attentive and watchful on behalf of your parents. Many will not admit, or confront, these limitations until difficulty arises. Seniors may not ask for help until it is almost impossible to perform certain tasks without assistance.
There is local assistance available. Qualified, and dependable, home care agencies provide professional help. Aging seniors, and those with mobility or cognitive issues, can be greatly supported (and supervised!) by qualified home care staff.
Look to the future, and think/plan ahead. Taking active steps with “preventative planning” before an incident or accident occurs will save time, money, frustrations, and worry. And it may very well help some of our aging seniors avoid a lengthy recovery process and serious injury.
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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.
Phone: (781) 378-2164