Talking to your parents, especially if they are insistent on aging in place, about making a move into an assisted living facility is never an easy conversation to have. In addition to having to leave their own home, they are faced with the reality that they can no longer care for themselves. However, a move to an assisted living facility will provide them with access to health care, structure, meals, socialization and peace of mind for the family that they are being taken care of.
Aging In Place
Independent living doesn't mean that you need to use your days running around and shopping 'til you drop. As we age, we have earned a little time to unwind so it’s time to relax and unwind a little. One way to benefit is by having many of the items you normally get for yourself delivered to your home or living facility. Perishables and doctor prescribed pharmaceutical are two things you have to renew at normal intervals and both are able to be delivered by a home delivery company, giving you extra freedom and time to relax, enjoy friends and family or do an outside activity.
It’s no surprise to anyone that slips and falls are more likely to occur as we age and are more likely to cause injury in seniors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 1 out of 3 individuals older than 65 years of age falls and 30% of those people experience a medical injury such as broken hips or head trauma. Subsequently, the recovery time and damage caused by the fall could create a lifetime of troublesome living while adding to the degree of danger as our loved ones age.
As your parents age, you may take on the role of caregiver. If your parents are determined to age in place, but you’re concerned about their health when you’re not there with them, what can you do? Gifting them with a home medical alert device can provide peace of mind for both you and them. Chances are you’ve seen the commercials but you’ve never really thought about how these devices and the providers work.
As we get older, a wide variety of problems and diseases can begin to strike our joints. Most of these are problems with the softer tissue that rests between our bones; as the tissue gets dry or disappears entirely, bones can start to rub against each other and cause issues like stiffness, swelling, pain, or tenderness.
Is your loved one squinting or having trouble reading small print? As we age so do our eyes, so it is important to address vision problems as they occur and have frequent eye checkups. Visits to the eye doctor should occur once every two years or if the loved one begins to experience problems with their vision.