The Best Care for Seniors: Aging at Home, or Making a Move?

Care for SeniorsHome is where the heart is, and the vast majority of seniors’ hearts are set on staying at home throughout the aging process, instead of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home – as many as 90% of them, according to AARP. And who can blame them? Feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings, having the independence to come and go as you desire, experiencing the freedom to choose whatever meals you want, and eat them whenever and wherever you want – these choices are simply priceless.

But although it sounds like the perfect plan for aging, there are some real concerns to be thought through as well to provide the highest level of care for seniors:

  • Will the senior be safe?
  • How will he or she get around when driving, or even walking, becomes difficult?
  • What happens if the senior becomes ill or injured and no one’s nearby to help?

Thankfully, it’s much easier now than in the past for the elderly to remain safe and well cared for at home. The following tips can be of assistance in taking the steps necessary to ensure your senior loved one is prepared for these and other needs, now and in the years to come:

  • Assess the home, both inside and out, from the perspective of the senior’s safety. Check to make sure:
    • Grab bars are in place near the bathtub and toilet.
    • Throw rugs and other tripping hazards are removed.
    • There’s plenty of lighting, including in hallways and stairways.
    • Commonly used items are within easy reach.
    • Emergency numbers are posted in a prominent location.
  • Put together a transportation plan, so it will be ready to implement when driving is no longer an option:
    • Look into public transportation options that are available and easily accessible.
    • Put together a volunteer tree of trusted people the senior can call on for transportation when needed: friends, family members, neighbors, religious organizations, local senior centers, Best Senior Home Care, etc.
  • Provide the senior with technology to use in an emergency to call for help when alone, such as a PERS (personal emergency response system).

Keep in mind, however, that the most reliable and effective way to keep seniors safe and well cared for at home is by partnering with a professional in-home care agency, such as Best Senior Home Care. Our caregivers are extensively trained and experienced in providing personal care services, transportation, meal preparation, and companionship, and are available for as much or as little care as needed.

We start with creation of a personalized care plan to meet the senior’s individual needs and desires, and then update that plan ongoing as needs change – making sure that the senior always remains safe and is living life to the fullest, where it’s most comfortable: right at home. Contact us at 718-224-0905 to learn more about our high quality New York care for seniors.

About Kevin Meaney

At 85 my dad lived on his own in Florida for nine months of the year, enjoying the warm weather and playing golf several times a week with friends.
Then one day while taking a walk alone, he suddenly got a little light-headed and fell, resulting in a serious head injury and a four week stay in the hospital and rehab.

Suddenly everything changed.
My dad’s condition after the accident made it clear he could no longer live independently, and after some deliberation my wife and I decided to have him come and live with us in New York.

We were both still working at the time, but I had a home office, and so I became my dad’s primary caregiver/companion during the day. Although my dad was easy going and a low-maintenance guy, he did need some help with washing and dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, trips to the doctor, and socialization. Always a very outgoing guy, I noticed now that without some encouragement/nudging, he would be content to stay home and watch TV all day.

This experience led me to start Best Senior Home Care.
It helped me really appreciate just how challenging and stressful it can be to care for an aging parent at home. This despite the fact I was lucky enough to have a spouse and grown children at home to help, and many siblings nearby only too happy to assist whenever needed.

Clearly not all families are this fortunate! At Best Senior Home Care, our mission is a simple one – help families in need to find reliable, compassionate caregivers to be there for your loved ones when you can’t be there. Over the last five years we have helped many families in the area with in-home care for an aging parent or other relative. Google Verified Author