Dec 8, 2017 by Katie Fielmann
There are countless reasons a senior may require at-home care. Among the most common is the need for help with daily living activities as the result of a disease or illness. While millions of family members provide care for their senior loved ones every year in the United States, there are times when professional care is necessary or desired.
Many common diseases that impact the elderly take away their ability to perform daily living tasks. For example; pain, mobility limitations, memory issues, and other challenges may make it impossible or unsafe for a senior to do their laundry, prepare meals, run errands, etc. Others may find themselves physically or socially isolated and lack companionship. At-home care provides these supports as well as many others.
Arthritis impacts nearly 50 percent of seniors over the age of 65. It is one of the primary causes of disability in America. The pain from arthritis can limit a senior's ability to perform even the most routine of tasks, including accessing the medication they need to combat their pain. At-home senior care can help these seniors maintain their independence and quality of life and provide essential medication management support as well.
Osteoporosis greatly increases a senior's risk of breaking their bones by falling, bending over, or even coughing. It affects nearly 45 million seniors over 50 years of age. Care providers can help seniors with their daily tasks, but they also make their home a safer place to live through home safety inspections and fall risk surveys. Seniors can reduce their risk of osteoporosis by quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and eating foods high in calcium and vitamin D. Weight-bearing exercise also helps build bone density. Care providers help seniors make positive life choices, prepare nutritious meals, and safely engage in routine exercise.
Other common diseases that seniors commonly face include heart disease (leading killer in America), diabetes (impacting one in four seniors), and dementia (one in ten seniors over 65). Regardless of the situation, these seniors are going to require care and support if they are to safely age in place. Comfort Keepers at-home care provides them with this opportunity.
For more information about the many ways Comfort Keepers at-home care can help your senior loved one maximize their elder years while safely and independently residing in the comfort of their own home, contact a senior care coordinator today.
Lombard, Mount Prospect, Willowbrook, Addison, Downers Grove, Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Berkeley, Oak Brook, Bloomingdale, Carol Steam, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Villa Park, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Lisle, Darien, Willow Springs, Brookfield, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, La Grange, La Grange Park, Riverside, Western Springs, Westmont, River Grove, River Forest, Chicago and Elmwood Park.