Families, Elders, and Senior Support Services
When considering who provides social support for elderly parents or individuals, our first thoughts are to turn to family members. It is true that most support does come from extended relatives or family members.
However, there are many circumstances in which family members can not be supportive with their time or their presence. Geographic distance is an immediate barrier to hands-on support. Individual stress due to work/family responsibilities can stretch even the most competent and caring adults. Circumstances such as health, illness, death, financial problems, and job relocation can represent significant barriers to providing additional time and attention to aging parents.
In the United States, the fastest growing age group of individuals are those 85 years and older. Due to this fact, family supports will inevitable decrease for these older individuals. Investigating local resources, and community-based services is more important now then ever before.
Companion staff at Home Care Partners provide a mature and caring home health aide for many seniors who remain at home. Our agency, like others across the country — provides experienced, compassionate and dependable caregivers selected to provide our clients with loving care and assistance to make life easier for them — and to provide their families with peace of mind.
Senior Citizen Centers
Community-based services can be extremely useful for the elderly. Today, there are estimated to be about 15,000 senior centers across the United States. Services for older persons can encompass many areas, but one of the most important areas as discussed previously is social support. Additional support for elderly persons can be found in other community services including, assisted living facilities, meal delivery, religious affiliations, and adult day care centers. These services can provide positive social supports that can help elderly parents combat loneliness and isolation.
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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