Have you ever put yourself in your parents’ shoes? Your parents want to age at home, but that doesn’t mean they’re not frightened. Stop and think about the things that most cause anxiety when your parents live alone and how you can help them past that fear.
Loneliness and Isolation
Not every older adult is isolated and lonely when living alone. Some are, however. If your parent’s social circles shrank after retirement, there’s a need to develop new friends. It can be hard. If your mom and dad live in a rural area where neighbors and senior centers are miles away, isolation and loneliness are risks.
To counteract this, make sure your parents have opportunities to go out. If they don’t drive, caregivers can drive them. Caregivers also offer companionship services. Your parents don’t have to be alone.
A Health Issue Strikes When No One Is Around
One of the scariest things about growing old is the thought of having a health issue strike when you’re alone. If you only stop by on weekends and your dad had a stroke and couldn’t move, how long would he lay there without help? If your mom fell while going into the basement with the laundry, would anyone hear her cries for help?
Caregiver visits are one way to make sure your parents have someone checking on them. You should also look into a medical alert system that has a pendant or wristband push button that calls for help if it’s needed.
Losing Independence and Having to Move
One mistake many older adults make is believing that if they have a chronic health condition, they have to move. They don’t understand that there are ways to stay at home while also getting help. Home care services ensure your parents stay where they are while having caregivers to help with activities of daily living.
Being a Burden
When your parents do need help, they may not want to be a burden to you and your siblings. They don’t want you feeling obligated to come to their home on your days off to cook their meals, mow their lawn, shovel their driveway, or clean their home.
Senior care is the best way for your parents to age at home without risking safety or making them feel like they’re burdening you. Caregivers help when needed, which helps your parents retain their independence as they age. A senior care representative is happy to answer your parents’ questions about senior care and make arrangements to schedule caregiver visits.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN INDIAN TRAIL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.