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Living Alone- 5 Reasons your Elderly Loved One May Need Help

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Apr 25, 2017 5:30:00 PM

senior_home_alone-LR.jpgAround 90% of seniors over 65 years of age would like to stay in their home for as long as they can. While living at home offers many benefits, it also presents hazards and dangers that eventually necessitate the need for outside help. Read on to learn about 5 health concerns for living at home for senior citizens.

Forgetting Appointments

For senior citizens, forgetting appointments with various doctors is one of the reasons more help in their home is needed. This is especially true for elderly men and women who are dealing with physical ailments and medications that need refilled frequently. While it sounds easy to simply mark appointments on the calendar, many seniors forget. Outside care is usually necessary in this case.

Housekeeping Problems

As one ages even the most mundane tasks start to get more and more difficult. Cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes, vacuuming and dusting are just a few of the chores in the household that can become unmanageable for seniors living on their own. While they may try their best, many seniors end up living in less desirable conditions simply because they cannot keep up with daily tasks.

Deteriorating Homes

Simple chores aren’t the only problem for seniors. Many elderly men and women cannot keep up with the necessary maintenance that owning a home entails. Roofs leak, foundations crumble, furnaces break. They may not have the money to fix it or worse, fall victim to repair scams that target the elderly. There is no shame in getting help for a loved one who can no longer make decisions on home care on their own.

Depression

It is an unfortunate fact of life that people pass on. For senior citizens, this often means the passing of a spouse or other loved one that causes them to fall into a depression. Other unavoidable factors, such as aging, physical ailments, mood disorders, worry over bills and more also tend to cause depression in senior citizens. Outside help is one way to help in this situation.

Social Isolation

Getting out and about becomes harder for many senior citizens, especially ones who cannot safely drive any longer. Friends may have either passed away or moved on, grown children have moved away and spouses die. There are many factors that cause the elderly to want to just sit in their home for days on end. Social isolation is a big problem in seniors and one that is cause for additional assistance.

At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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Topics: Home Safety