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Senior Care Issues
Posted: 9/28/2015 8:02 AM by
People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.2 years, on average.
For many, then, senior living includes carefully managing chronic conditions to stay healthy. You need to be physically active and eat a healthy diet and also make healthy lifestyle choices, like quitting smoking and losing weight, to avoid senior health risks.
This means attending to even minor health concerns right away, seeing your doctor often and being compliant with medications and other healthcare regimens.
Fragmented healthcare, changes in insurance providers and coverage, lack of local family support and supervision, lack of financial resources can make it difficult to impossible for seniors to keep up a previous way of life, or to afford medications or frequent doctor visits.
Many older people fear a loss of independence, so they will not disclose deterioration in hearing or eyesight, forgetfulness and confusion. They may continue to drive though they are unsafe on the road. For some American seniors, giving up the car keys means giving up making independent choices and having to depend on others for their basic needs, which can be distressing.
A large number of seniors in America live alone and do not want to relocate or change their lifestyle. They fear they will have to give up their homes and treasured possessions and pets because they can no longer get to the grocery store or cook and clean.
Aging in place is one solution to these issues, but requires intervention and support.
Seniors can be evaluated in their home environments and recommendations made for equipment and services that allow them to remain safely at home.
The physical environment of the home can be made safer with the addition of ramps or railings, grab bars, walk in tubs or lift assist chairs. Assistive equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs may be required.
Home Care Services such as Skilled Nursing Visits, Home Health Aides, Physical Therapy and Homemakers can help seniors manage care issues and keep them at home.
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