Elderly seniors might be frail and require a minimal amount of medical care. Other seniors who live alone, after the death of their spouse, might need a bit more assistance.
Many elderly seniors, with severe arthritis, have a limited range of motion and are unable to handle many of the household chores. If they are to remain independent, they need help to continue to stay in the house they lived in for most of their married life.
Their options are limited. They could sell their house and move to a senior residence. However, this would entail leaving behind lifetime friendships and familiar surroundings. What about their pets? Many senior housings do not allow animals on the premises. How could a senior be expected to part from their dog or cat who is almost as old as they are? There could be a solution for those seniors to help them to continue living at home.
I looked at a Senior Residence a few years ago with my daughter. She lives in Arizona and was here for a visit. The main building was lovely. It was four stories high, and it was surrounded by trees, flowers and freshly cut grass. It looked like a friendly place to live in. They had recreational facilities, a community dining room and groups to join. The thought of moving peaked my interest and my daughter and I paid the senior residence a visit.
We walked through the door, and on the left was a reception desk. A cheery receptionist welcomed us. I thought that this was getting better with each step I took, and it looked like a nice friendly place to live.
I walked a few more steps and noticed elderly seniors with walkers. Some were in wheel chairs. They were friendly and outgoing, but it felt like the inside of a hospital or a nursing home. I was not quite ready for this yet. I am too active, and I was told that there were no pets allowed. That put a halt to the visit. I would never leave my cat ‘Beauty’ behind. As far as I was concerned the visit ended the moment she told me that there were no pets allowed.
My daughter started to usher me over. The receptionist was ready to show me the apartments. I stood there, glued to the spot, and thanked her. I explained that I could not leave my cat. My daughter gave me that ‘questioning’ look, hesitated for a moment and then we left.
There are other options for seniors who need a minimal amount of help that would allow them to remain in their own homes and keep their loving pets their life time friends and remain in familiar surroundings.
Senior care is available in many ways. Some are costly or limited by the kind of homecare available. Each State offers some type of senior help. It is posted on their online sites. However, the type of senior care offered might not be what a senior needs.
Help is available for seniors who need a minimal amount of household assistance. They might require help in cleaning the house, doing the weekly laundry, or transportation to and from the senior center once a week. Others might need a homecooked meal once a day. Help is out there for the seniors. All they need to do is to find it.
1. Search for Government Sites that offer help to needy seniors. Make sure you tell someone you might speak to, that both you and your mate need a minimal amount of care, if that is the case. Explain the circumstances and the type of help needed.
2. Look for private agencies that offer Home Care Services for seniors. Find how much they charge for in-home help. Explain the type of care you will require.
3. Many seniors merely require light housecleaning services, like cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, washing the dishes or doing the laundry. Other seniors might require more intensive household care, like washing the windows, the floors, vacuuming the carpets and dusting the furniture.
4. Keep in mind that seniors who need help with cooking and preparing hot foods should contact Meal on Wheels in their area to be assured of having at least one hot meal a day.
5. Make sure that family members are told the type of help that is needed. Those who live within driving distance might offer to assist with household chores on a regular basis.
Seniors in need of health care should contact their local hospital to find out about Nurses or Health Aids who might be available to make home visits. Ask how much they charge. The other alternative would be moving to a Senior Housing Community that offers health care for their residents.
Sources: my own experience and knowledge
Nurses and Health Aids
Senior Retirement Community
Meals On Wheels