Tips For Elderly Who Are Homebound

Call On Local Home Care Resources

As a member of the “sandwich generation”, I can attest to the difficulty in caring for elderly parents while simultaneously living life with my atomic family.  Not enough time, too much to do.   I think there are many who share in this juggling of family priorities.

Yes, it is increasing difficult for many family members to assist elderly relatives. In some cases, it is a simple fact that distance makes it impossible to attend to elderly parents. But even short distances can be greatly effected by multiple factors, including weather.   Bad driving conditions, slippery roads, poor visibility, can prevent family involvement for those who may live relatively nearby.

Take precautionary and preventative steps to keep family elders safe. Is there a back-up plan? Do you know of community resources that can provide assistance when/if needed?

Home care agencies can provide an extra set of eyes, hands, and help to insure family elders remain safe and comfortable – especially during this rough period of remaining socially distanced and isolated.

Helping your loved one avoid “cabin fever.”  For homebound seniors, our current fight against Covid can be a time of extreme boredom. Nothing happens in their day-day living environment. Meals and watching television are the only checkpoints of their daily existence. No visitors, no events, no activities. This boredom and isolation can result in feeling quite depressed. But homecare staff can provide a daily visit. Someone to talk to. Care staff can transport your loved one to his or her usual activities, or simply get them out of the house for a short drive. Companionship is a very positive antidote to loneliness, and can engage in homebound activities such as crafts, reading, writing, organizing, board games, puzzles, and card games.

Eliminating fall hazards.  At Home Care Partners, we provide help to our elderly clients in keeping their homes clean, and orderly. Care staff can coordinate and manage functions such clearing home walkways, removing rugs, or getting rid of general clutter.  Our caregiver can bring in the mail from the mailbox, the newspaper outside the front door, or the garbage cans at the end of the driveway.

Keeping your loved one safe during power outages.  Our care staff can assure your family/parents are safe. Windstorms and heavy rain may cause some loss of electricity with damages.  (Everything is so dry, trees and root systems are weakened.)  Darkness and upcoming cold weather endangers frail seniors, especially those with cognitive issues or age related dementia. Seniors who rely on electrically powered medical equipment, oxygen machines, or mobility devices can be put in life threatening situations without assistance. Home care providers can enable safety, including transportation to a warm facility, home, or designated shelter.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

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 Email: Website:

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