Growing older is not something we look forward to – it just happens. No one wants to age and become dependent on others for care. Yet for many, it happens anyway.
Aging often leads to failing health and fragility. While the elderly may feel young inside, their bodies speak a different story. Giving up their independence and moving into a long-term care facility is something that they do not want to experience. Fortunately, there are ways that family, friends and in home care services can help someone age gracefully in the comfort of his or her own home.
Pulling together as a team – When you recognize a need, jump in when you can. If you see your loved one can’t keep up with the house cleaning chores, make it a Saturday afternoon task with a few family members. Enjoy a dinner out afterwards, and it can quickly turn a dreaded task into one you’ll all look forward to. Or schedule sessions throughout the week a little at a time. If everyone can pitch in an hour a week, you’ll ensure everything is completed efficiently. [Read more…]