Elderly Assistance Runs the Gamut of Services

by Barbara
(Grand Haven, MI)

Elderly Assistance

Elderly Assistance

I work in long-term care facility, and I'm constantly fielding questions by friends and sometimes even strangers regarding elderly assistance.

The term itself is vague in regard to specific services, but does cover a gamut of potential needs of an elderly person, whether they're living in their own home, with family members, in assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities.

In providing oversight for my own elderly parents, I long ago realized that elderly assistance can range from helping Mom balance the checkbook to taking Dad to his medical appointments. For my grandmother, it was helping her go to the bathroom, and for my grandfather (before he passed away), it was helping him to eat.

Elderly assistance is offered by professionals, home health care agencies, nurses, and nonprofessional family friends and caregivers in a wide variety of scenarios.

Elderly assistance can mean providing mental and emotional health and wellness through companionship or physical aid that includes transportation, ambulation and so forth, enhancing quality of life through diet, exercise, and social interaction.

You can help provide elderly assistance to a loved one by helping them with their shopping lists, shopping, running errands, cooking meals, or just sitting with them.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to elderly assistance is that just about anything you do will provide some positive benefit to their lives. Be watchful, be prepared, and always be ready to offer help to your senior loved ones.

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