Guest Post by: Beverly Nelson
As our loved ones grow older it’s normal to feel concerned for their wellbeing, especially when they’re not located nearby. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can help seniors to navigate the daily challenges of life without always being there in person - here are a couple to consider.
The last decade has given rise to a variety of senior services that can help those in need to live more comfortably. Many of these come at no extra cost and can be arranged remotely.
● The Division of Aging and Adult Services can provide nutrition-congregate and home-delivered meals free of charge.
● There are a number of senior home repair assistance programs provided by the local and federal governments.
● Lower-income seniors may have access to free dental care on behalf of the Donated Dental Services (DDS).
● Or you could apply for an at-home senior care service, who can help with everything from company to financial advice.
● Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of the cost of visiting mental health professionals.
For most seniors, loneliness ranks among their primary concerns. Thankfully, technology has helped alleviate this issue and it’s often possible to stay in touch without having to travel.
● Video calling software has become a popular and easy way to connect with loved ones from afar. Many of these can be operated on either computer or mobile.
● Traditional games such as Scrabble or chess can now be played via mobile online with multiple players.
● For many seniors, social media channels are a great way to reconnect with old friends or stay in touch with family.
When your mobility is affected and you don’t have the energy to carry out daily chores on your own, a little extra help can go a long way.
● If a senior can’t get out into the yard to keep their lawn tidy, it’s worth looking into local lawn care providers.
● Takeaway service apps like Uber Eats can be used to deliver weekly groceries.
● Accessibility features such as grab handles or stairlifts can improve a senior’s day-to-day independence.
● If a senior needs to find more accessible accommodations, you can help them sell their current home and use the proceeds to pay for a senior-friendly home or assisted living.
Navigating the challenges of daily life as a senior can feel daunting, but when you have help (even from afar) every day feels a little more manageable.
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