Most of us hope to live the easy life after we retire.
We might imagine a life of leisure spent enjoying our favorite hobbies. We hope to remain healthy and agile well into our golden years so that we can live an active lifestyle full of friends and family. But, what happens when chronic illnesses make it difficult for a senior to enjoy life? That’s where elder care can step in and make life easier for your older family member so that they can continue to enjoy the things they love.
Below are 4 ways an elder care provider can make life easier for your loved one.
#1 Tackling Tough Household Chores
If your family member has trouble with cleaning jobs that require lifting, bending, or maintaining balance, elder care can take over those tasks. Elder care providers can vacuum, dust, mop, sweep, and much more. When housework is taken care of, the senior has more free time to spend on hobbies, volunteer activities, or spending time with friends.
#2 Providing Rides
One of the things that many older adults are no longer able to do is to drive. This can leave them stuck at home and keep them from seeing friends or going to activities. Having to call friends and family members to ask for a ride may make them feel like a burden. But, an elder care provider can be scheduled to come to the senior’s house and drive them to the places they need to go.
#3 Making Delicious and Healthy Meals
Cooking for one isn’t much fun. It can also be hard for seniors with arthritic hands or other disabilities to do. As a result, they may not eat as much as they should or make unhealthy choices simply because they are easier. An elder care provider can cook delicious meals that also follow the dietary recommendations of the senior’s doctor, even if they have a health condition like diabetes. They can even prepare meals ahead of time that can be frozen for the senior to heat up when needed.
#4 Helping with Personal Care
Many older adults have trouble with personal care tasks. They may not be able to safely step in and out of the bathtub. Men might have trouble shaving because of shaky hands. Women might not be able to style their hair. Elder care providers can help with all those things and more. They can come to the senior’s house each morning to help them get ready for the day, assisting with everything from brushing their teeth to buttoning a blouse.