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07 Feb 2018

What Do the Best in Home Services for Seniors Look Like?

    

Topics: Home Care Providers

As your loved one ages, you may realize it’s the right time for additional care. Whether your senior loved one requires daily visits or around-the-clock assistance, a caregiver can provide in home services for seniors. This is a great option to allow your loved one to remain in their home and maintain their independence.

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While there are many companies that offer in home services for seniors, not all have what it takes to be considered the best. Make sure to partner with an in home caregiver that offers these high-quality services.

Dementia Care

Many people don’t realize their loved ones with dementia can still live fulfilling, independent lives at home if they have the right support. Individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease require a special level of care, which can be provided by high-quality caregivers. This considers the special needs of the individuals, with an adjustable and customizable home care plan.

Companion Care

An elderly person living on their own is more susceptible to becoming depressed due to social isolation and loneliness. To further the severity of this issue, depression increases the risk of death in seniors older than 65 by two to three times. A companion caregiver can provide your senior loved one with stimulating conversation to boost their mood and morale.

In addition, they can help your senior loved one partake in activities they enjoy. This can include everything from listening to music and scrapbooking to gardening and reading the newspaper.

With a companion caregiver, your senior loved one will also have access to the caregiver’s services including grocery shopping, transportation, and general housekeeping.

Medication Reminder

In Canada, 81 percent of the population over 65 takes more than one type of medication. Of the Canadians prescribed medications, half do not comply with their doctors’ prescriptions. Whether they take more than necessary or forget to take their medication, it’s a concerning statistic, especially when you realize your elderly loved one falls under this category.

Imagine the consequences if your elderly loved one routinely forgot to take their medication. It would have serious effects on their health. You want to avoid this at all cost. In home services for seniors ensures your loved one takes their medication in the right dose at the right time every day.

Meal Preparation

Eating properly is a challenge at the best of times. For seniors, this challenge is amplified, which is why many seniors do not receive the proper nutrition as a result of poor dietary habits. An in home caregiver can help your senior loved one by planning, shopping for, and preparing meals. You won’t have to worry if your senior loved one is eating properly, as there will be someone monitoring their meal intake. 

Animal Maintenance

One of the best ways to help a senior feel less alone is to get them a pet. The only problem is they might be unable to care for the animal properly. Animals require a lot of bending over, whether it’s to scoop the kitty litter or feed the dog. Additionally, a car is required for annual vet trips, which is problematic as many seniors do not drive.

A senior caregiver won’t just look after your loved one, but their furry loved ones too. They can help manage the daily responsibility of pet maintenance.

Personal Hygiene Assistance

Proper personal hygiene practices like brushing teeth and bathing should be essential components of your senior loved one’s daily routine. These tasks may become increasingly difficult, which is why personal caregivers can assist with personal hygiene practices. This will help your senior loved one stay clean and healthy, while providing them with a greater quality of life.

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Tennille Kerrigan

Tenille is the president of Senior Helpers Canada, the premier franchise that delivers on what families and their loved ones need most. She has bachelor’s degree in business administration from York University, and has over 10 years of experience as a business owner and director. With Senior Helpers, our franchisees provide the professionalism and expert care that families and their aging loved ones require.

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