Jul 27, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Many aging adults want very badly to remain in their own home for as long as possible. This is called aging in place and it's possible, but it can be extremely difficult if your senior doesn't have the help she needs.
Depression and Loneliness
If your aging adult lives on her own, she may not have the interaction that she used to have when her life was busier. Likewise, she may not feel up to being out of her home as often as she used to be. This can lead to loneliness and depression. Having visitors more frequently can help, especially if they're able to help with transportation to take her where she needs to go.
Cooking can become a problem for your aging adult for a variety of reasons. She may not physically be able to handle the demands of cooking and it can also be a hassle to only cook for herself. In addition, if she has specific dietary concerns, she may find it too difficult to keep up with what she can or should eat. Having you or someone else, like senior care providers, taking over the cooking can help her to eat much better.
Bad Sleep Habits
So many factors can keep your aging adult from sleeping as well as she otherwise might. She might find that she's bored so often that she stays up late and therefore wakes up later and later. Or she might deal with insomnia due to medication side effects or inactivity during the day. Getting a handle on these issues can help her to get far better sleep more often.
Injuries Sustained at Home
Safety concerns at home can create an environment for your aging adult in which she injures herself. A fall is a huge potential problem and can create injuries that your elderly family member has to deal with for years to come. Performing regular safety sweeps can help to ensure that your elderly family member is safer in her home.
As your senior's health worsens, it might make less and less sense for her to be living on her own. Chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure can be debilitating, but if they lead to acute problems, such as a stroke or a heart attack, that's even more of a hindrance to her aging in place.
Having support from you and from senior care providers can help your elderly family member to overcome these challenges. With the help of all of you, your aging adult may not have to deal with some of these issues at all. Others can become far more manageable.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering senior care in Readington Township, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.