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10 Places For Help So That Elderly Can Live In Their Home and Still be Safe
There are statistics that show that people do better in their own homes. They feel comfortable, do not feel like they are a burden, can do things at their own pace, etc. Naturally we would all like to see our loved one have their pride and be able to be at home. There are many places to look for help when you see that they might need some help. It will make you feel better and them be safer without causing any as much stress as moving them will.
These 10 places are just a beginning of places to look. Some may apply in your circumstance. This is a basic overview. I will be going into much more detail on each one in the future.
- Meals on Wheels – this organization (or one like it) will prepare and deliver a meal to someone once a day. Some towns do it 5 days a week and some 6 days. When we set it up for mom, we were asked what she did and didn’t like to eat. This not only insures one good meal a day but also has one more set of eyes on your loved one.
- Area on Aging – This organization is nationwide and is very helpful on getting you information about what you can do. If you are in a smaller town, they might not be able to give you information about caregivers in your area but they can probably tell you where to go to get this information.
- Local Health Department or Hospital – These agencies might be able to help with lists of “employees” you can hire to help out in the home. Some are bath aides, some are medication aides and some are cleaning aides. Always check the people’s references before you hire them. I did interviews just as if I was hiring them to work in a ‘regular’ job even though this was much more important.
- Help Pendant Company – These are the companies that advertise “Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up” pendant. There are many different ones out there with some being worn on the neck and some on the wrist. When I called my local Area on Aging they gave me numbers of several. We bought one when mom was home and then had to change to a different company when we moved her in with us. The second company had a lockbox we left a key in case fire or emergency people had to get into the house when we were not home.
- Veteran’s Service Officer – Was either parent a veteran? There are several programs that can help veterans and/or their widow/widower. You will need to meet with the officer to find out what you might qualify for. You will need financial information and the veteran’s DD214 (which is the discharge papers).
- Health and Human Services – Depending on the financial status of the loved one, they might qualify for help from the government. In the state I live, you can apply over the internet and then they will do an interview with you. Most states have income and resource requirements.
- Church Organizations – Many churches have volunteers that will help visit with seniors in their home. This is one way of ensuring that their spiritual health is continued and another set of eyes.
- Family and Friends – Often, people will help if you just ask them. Many times we are reluctant to but most people are willing to stop in weekly or bring over some food occasionally if needed.
- Local Bus Company – In the small town mom lived in they had a bus service that was for the elderly. It provided safe transportation to medical appointments, shopping, etc. You had to call a day in advance and plan on arriving a little early at your destination in case multiple people had to be somewhere at the same time. Cost was under $2.00 each way which was much less than a taxi. I found the drivers to be extremely helpful to the customers.
- Local Grocery Stores and Pharmacies – A lot of these businesses are doing deliveries. It might be simpler for your loved one to have these items delivered rather than go outside. We called in an order on one day and they delivered the next. They carried the groceries in and put them where mom could put them away.
This list is by no means complete. There are many places to go for help. The main thing to do is find these places BEFORE you need them. Make up a list of phone numbers, contacts and what they do and put them in your binder so when you need to take action, you can.
What other places have you thought of or gone to for help?