If you are caring for an older adult who has a disability, you aren’t alone. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that said 25 percent of American adults have a disability of some kind. The report provided information on a variety of disabilities. This is how they ranked:
- Mobility Problems: 13.7 percent.
- Cognition Issues: 10.8 percent.
- Inability to Live Independently: 6.8 percent.
- Serious Hearing Problems: 5.9 percent.
- Serious Vision Problems: 4.6 percent.
- Trouble with Self-Care: 4.6 percent.
Though it isn’t easy for older adults to continue to live independently with disabilities, senior care can help elderly people and their family caregivers to manage disabilities. In fact, for some, having a senior care provider may be the difference between being able to live at home and having to move in with a family member or to a long-term care facility. Below are just a few of the ways senior care can assist with disabilities.
Mobility problems can be everything from having balance problems to being confined to a wheelchair. Senior care providers can assist with any sort of mobility problems. Some of the things they can do are:
- Offer a steadying arm while seniors walk.
- Transferring to and from a wheelchair safely.
- Going on outings safely, such as grocery shopping, to visit friends, or to medical appointments.
- Reaching up or bending down to get items for the older adult.
Cognitive disabilities might be mild memory loss or full-blown dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Senior care providers can assist by:
- Reminding the older adult to take medications.
- Keeping people with dementia or Alzheimer’s from harming themselves, such as by wandering or making poor judgements.
- Assisting with daily care, including eating, dressing, and grooming.
Vision and Hearing Problems.
Vision and hearing problems can make once simple daily tasks, like paying bills or taking phone calls, hard for elderly people. Senior care can help with:
- Managing finances.
- Reading mail and email.
- Answering the telephone and door.
- Reminding visitors of techniques for better communication.
Self-Care and Independent Living Issues.
Seniors may have trouble with self-care and independence because of other disabilities or illness. There are many ways senior care can help them to remain in their homes. Some of the tasks that senior care can do are:
- Preparing healthy meals and snacks.
- Light housecleaning, including vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, etc.
- Running errands.
- Assistance with getting up in the morning and dressing and getting into bed at night.
These are really only a few of the ways that senior care can help older adults with disabilities to live a better quality of life. Senior care providers can assist older adults with nearly anything their family caregivers can. If there’s a task your aging relative needs help with, ask their senior care provider what they can do to assist.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Berkeley, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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