As Menlo Park in-home senior care providers, we understand that the majority of seniors desire to "age in place." What does that mean? According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), this term is defined as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level." Even as an adult of an aging parent, it's easy for you to understand why your parent doesn't want to be placed in a nursing home, as many are reputed not to provide the level of care you would want for your parent.
What are some of the other reasons seniors prefer to live at home? Some of these reasons include:
We all know that it's often safety issues or physical/mental disabilities that support an elderly loved one living in a nursing home. Still, there often are other solutions to the problem, such as having an in-home caregiver come into a senior's home to help with cooking, cleaning, or even personal hygiene. As we age, eyesight and hearing may decline, we may develop conditions such as arthritis or dementia, or heart disease; or osteoporosis may make it difficult to function because of a lack of mobility or flexibility.
How can seniors age in place safely?
For many seniors, it is possible to grow older at home if a few modifications are made, and if help is called in when necessary. At Care Indeed, our home caregivers provide live-in and hourly care, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, lifestyle assistance, and more, making what may have seemed impossible, possible.
If you have an aging parent or elderly loved one who wants to remain at home, here are a few modifications that can be made to make it a safer environment:
Homes can be "senior friendly," making it possible for seniors to remain in their homes where they feel most relaxed, comfortable, and most important of all, happy and independent.
If you live in Menlo Park or elsewhere in the Bay Area, count on Care Indeed for home caregivers who are compassionate, highly trained, and dedicated to improving the lives of those we care for.
Home care is derived from the belief that older adults should be able to age at home with the level of care they need to be safe and comfortable.