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Supporting Your Senior Loved One to Age Safely at Home

Aging in Place Helping seniors to stay safe at home is the top priority for the caregiving team at Nightingale Homecare. To that end, we’re offering a special 7-part blog series straight from our registered nurses to you, to assist you in mastering the necessary elements to support your senior loved ones and prevent hospitalizations or admissions to a long-term care facility.

According to a recent study, senior citizens fear moving out of their homes and into a nursing home more than they fear death. The study, “Aging in Place in America,” also found that the adult children of seniors also fear for their parents. Specifically, they express concern about their parents entering a nursing home and suffering a decline in their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Another key finding of the study is that nearly 90% of seniors want to “age in place,” meaning to grow older without having to move from their homes. Sadly, more than half (53%), are not confident about their ability to accomplish this. Although seniors living at home are determined to maintain their independence and stay home, they report that they often do not receive the support they need from their children or other caregivers in order to accomplish this goal safely.

The vast majority (94%) of adult children say it is important that their senior parents be able to stay in the comfort of their own home while aging; however, 79% are “concerned” about their parents’ ability to do so, and 57% are “very concerned”.

There are many things adult children of aging parents can do to ensure that their parents successfully “age in place,” regardless of their health status. Technology, along with qualified home health care and private duty companies committed to providing expert elder-focused home care services, make this possible by providing care and support that results in high satisfaction rates with improved quality of life.

Follow our next six blogs to learn what you can do to help your loved one age safely at home. We will address these critical topics:

  1. SAFETY: Adaptation and Technology
  2. HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT: Trust and Support
  3. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT: Accuracy and Adherence
  4. WELLNESS ROUTINE: Maximizing Health and Mobility
  5. HEALTHY CONNECTIONS: Maintaining Quality of Life
  6. OUTSIDE SUPPORT: Customized and Experienced

Nightingale Homecare is uniquely qualified in identifying and assisting you and your loved one in each of these six factors. Our goal is to provide the guidance and care necessary for your loved one to remain safe and independent at home. For more information on our Phoenix area home care services, fill out our simple online contact form or call us 602-504-1555.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 4:29 am.