Sep 25, 2016 by Chris Gamble
One of the most difficult things for any senior to come to terms with is the realization that they can no longer take care of themselves to the extent that they did in their youth. The onset of this can be caused by a number of things, including a surgery, an accident, or, in some cases, the further development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Whatever the specific cause is, one of the best things you can do for the senior in your life is hire a professional caregiver to help with any transition.
Since many companies offer a variety of caregiver services, the person you hire will come in with slightly different expectations depending on the condition of your senior. There are a number of things that can be done, even menial tasks, that will add to the senior’s quality of life beyond what you’re already offering.
One of the more involved services that a caregiver can provide is being in-home with your senior. In many instances, a senior might live by themselves, but they’re at risk to hurt themselves, or they might not be able to perform certain tasks without assistance. Traversing stairs, or carrying loads laundry can be potentially dangerous, which is why a caregiver adds such value. Even if you just want someone to provide in-home companionship and engage in interactive activities, that helps combat loneliness and depression. When a senior can focus more on the joys of life and not stress about things like meal preparation and housekeeping, the later years of their life will be healthier, happier, and safer.
When it comes to recovering from any kind of injury or surgery, the idea of being alone at home can be quite daunting for anyone, let alone a senior. If they’ve had surgery on a lower extremity, their mobility is going to be extremely limited, and they’ll need help with quite a few things. Beyond some of the same tasks and responsibilities mentioned in the previous section, caregivers will also do a great job of keeping the senior on track in terms of recovery per the doctor’s orders. This means taking medication at the right time, driving them do and from checkups, and performing any at home therapy that has been ordered. The caregiver will be available throughout the entire transition process, until the senior is able to take care of themselves independently again.
One of the biggest risks that seniors encounter later in line is loneliness. This is often the case when their partner passes away, and they suddenly find themselves without their best friend. This transition can actually take a physical toll beyond just a mental one. When a person spends the majority of their time alone, they’re susceptible to high blood pressure, depression, and a shift towards risky or unhealthy behavior. Sometimes, a caregiver can come spend a few hours a day with your senior, playing board or card games, having meaningful conversation, going on walks, or spending time doing their favorite activity. By avoiding constant loneliness, the senior will retain more of a sense of normalcy and enjoy a better quality of life.