According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), about 12.5 million seniors 65 years and older live alone at home instead of living in institutionalized care facilities. In addition, 46% of women 75 years and older live alone. The problem with seniors who live alone is they are likely to face difficulties performing everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Fortunately, with the assistance of non-medical home care service providers, seniors can enjoy better quality of life. Here is how these service providers can make life easier for seniors:
As one ages, the body weakens making it harder for one to move around and perform relatively simple chores such as cleaning, vacuuming, washing clothes or even taking out the trash. Moreover, many seniors tend to suffer from chronic and age-related conditions that hamper their mobility and cognitive functions. The good news is aides who offer non-medical home care services can help seniors perform such chores.
Data from the AoA shows that 92% of seniors suffer from one or multiple chronic conditions including arthritis (49%), heart diseases (31%), cancers (25%), and diabetes (21%).These seniors must take medications regularly to avoid developing serious health complications. However, many are prone to memory lapses meaning they may forget to take medications. Fortunately, a non-medical home care aide can remind a senior to take his/her medications at the right time.
Figures from the AoA show that 8.8 million and 3.8 million non-institutionalized women and men 65 years and older live alone. This means they have no one to talk to and are prone to the vagaries of loneliness such as depression. In addition, seniors who live in isolation are more likely to die prematurely than seniors who have companions, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. With a non-medical home care aide around, a senior who lives alone would have someone to talk to during the day.
Many senior are uncomfortable with newer technologies. Thankfully, a non-medical caregiver can help an elderly individual understand and more importantly, take advantage of newer technologies. It is worth noting that technological advances have enabled the healthcare industry in the US to improve service delivery and health outcomes among patients. For instance, a doctor can use a mobile app to monitor and remind his/her patients to take medications.
Like babies, seniors have unique nutrition needs. For instance, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) recommends that people 50 years and older adopt diets that consist of vegetables, fruits, fat-free or low-fat products, whole grains, fish, vegetable oils, poultry, beans, and nuts. This is in addition to limiting intake of sugary beverages, sodium, and red meats to control blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing hypertension. However, some seniors may be unable to fulfill their dietary needs due to mobility or medical issues. Fortunately, non-medical home care service providers can help seniors hire aides with in-depth knowledge of the nutritional needs for seniors.
An article published by the American Optometric Association (AOA) states that seniors 60 years and older are likely to experience age-related eye and vision problems. Moreover, seniors tend to suffer from slower reflexes (slow reaction times) and are prone to developing age-related joint problems such as osteoarthritis. These problems generally impair the ability of the elderly to drive safely, according to the NIA. Luckily, a home care aide with a valid driver’s license can offer transportation services to seniors who need them. This includes helping an incapacitated senior attend a doctor’s appointment, pick up groceries, attend church, or visit relatives.
A home care aide can help a senior exercise indoors or outdoors. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exercise is beneficial to seniors because it improves bone health, prevents or delays onset of certain diseases such as cancer and diabetes. What’s more, it improves stability and strength, balance and the quality of life.
Conclusion: Home Care Helps Seniors
Besides assisting senior citizens with routine chores such as light housekeeping, shopping and doing laundry, non-medical caregivers can also help the elderly to understand and utilize newer technologies, commute with relative ease, exercise and eat right, as well as ensure seniors take their medications as recommended by the doctor. Of course, you should hire a certified and experienced non-medical caregiver.