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Is Aging in Place Alone Safe for Older Adults?

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There was once a time when it was just assumed that older adults would go live in a group residence or move in with their families. However, now seniors are living longer and healthier lives, and they don’t always have to leave their homes. As your family works together on a care plan, you can take these actions to make sure your senior loved one is safe living alone.

Consider Your Loved One’s General Physical Health

Most seniors are safe living at home as long as they can move around well enough to perform their daily routines. Your loved one can even live alone if he or she has mobility challenges, provided he or she uses aids and strategies to perform the activities of daily living. Seniors who have minor health issues can benefit from having assistance with common tasks in their house so they can continue to live on their own.

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional at-home care Vancouver seniors can trust and rely on.

Observe for Signs of Memory Loss

Dementia and other conditions that cause memory loss can pose a risk to a senior’s safety when living alone. Find out the severity of your loved one’s condition so you can make arrangements for accommodations. For example, your loved one may benefit from having a caregiver take over medication management if he or she tends to forget little things every now and then. Seniors with mild cognitive challenges can usually live alone with continued support. Those who have more severe forms of memory loss may need someone to stay with them around the clock, but they can still remain in their home with help. Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Vancouver live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.

Protect Against Common Injuries

Living alone means your loved one will be responsible for handling a variety of daily tasks, and it only takes one small accident to forever alter the ability to live alone. Make sure your loved one doesn’t slip and fall in the shower by adding safety features to the bathroom, such as grab bars. You can also remove fall hazards in the main walking areas and make a plan to keep the floor clear of debris.

Let Your Loved One Know to Ask for Help

The decision to live alone in the senior years is admirable. Your loved one wants to maintain independence, and he or she deserves the opportunity to do so for as long as possible. However, you should also make sure your loved one doesn’t fear losing this privilege. Let your loved one know you’ll do what you can to help him or her maintain independence. Your loved one needs to know to ask for what he or she needs, from hiring a professional caregiver to having you drop in more frequently.

Provide Sources of Social Support

Seniors who live alone often go for days without speaking to another person. Make sure your loved one has social support that prevents isolation. You can arrange for him or her to have transportation to the local senior center each day, or you can develop a network of caregivers and friends who can stop by regularly. Providing social opportunities means your loved one is never truly alone in the world.

Keeping your loved one safe is your number one priority, and an in-home caregiver can be a tremendous asset when your loved one lives alone. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of in-home care. Vancouver families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. If your loved one needs professional care, Home Care Assistance is here to help. To hire a compassionate, dedicated caregiver, call us at (778) 279-3634 today.