Are you struggling to determine the safest living environment for your parent or spouse?
Aging in Place
At Hope Aging Care we understand that most people want to "age in place" meaning staying at home as they grow older. Living at home provides a sense of comfort, familiarity, and autonomy A comprehensive assessment can help determine how to make that happen. With the assistance of on-going care management, auxiliary services, and new age technology more adults can live independently in their own homes.
Safety should be the number one concern when determining the appropriate living environment for an individual. Multi-story homes can become overwhelming and a bedroom upstairs can pose increased danger for those with a mobility impairment.
Falls are among the highest reason for injury for seniors over the age of 65. Each year 3 million aging individuals are seen at an emergency room due to a fall with many requiring long-term hospital and skilled nursing stays.
Depression and Isolation
Living alone can lead to other concerns beyond the direct physical safety of an individual. Isolation is a common concern for those living by themselves with little interaction with the outside world. Sometimes as we age transportation to needed appointments and errands becomes challenging. The loss of close loved ones or adult children living at a distance can also play a major role in the development of isolation and depression. If this is something you or a family member struggles with, please call us. We are here to help.
Alternative Living Environments
Sometimes it is time to consider an alternative living environment. Thankfully, there are many options available to seniors to relocate to independent, assisted, and skilled communities based on their individualized needs and wants. Such communities can help decrease the risk of falls, depression, and social isolation. They provide addition services to help with medications, transportation, meals and other engagement opportunities.
At Hope Aging Care we take the time to help families determine the best options for where to reside. We are well-versed in ways to help individuals live at home regardless of their care needs, and we can help others relocate should they chose.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control, available online at http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html