November is National Home Care month and as the weather gets cold now is the time to explore the many benefits of elder care. If you have a senior loved one that is aging in place in their home and you can’t be with them as much as you would like an elder care provider can help make sure that your senior parent is safe and happy throughout the winter. Winter can be a tough time for seniors who are living at home. They can become isolated and develop depression because of the cold, the dark days, and the isolation of not being able to get out and spend time with friends and family. Having an elder care provider come to the house to help your senior loved one has a lot of benefits like:
Help With Housework
It’s very important that seniors stuck inside the house because of the winter weather are spending time in a healthy and clean environment. But many seniors struggle to do housework that is more than just light dusting or picking up. An elder care provider can help your senior loved one by doing the cleaning that your senior loved one isn’t able to do like vacuuming and changing bedding and dusting all over the house. When the house is regularly cleaned it will have better air quality and be a much more pleasant place to be.
Help With Shopping
Shopping in bad weather is tough for seniors. It can be tough for seniors to shop even in good weather. But getting to the store, carrying heavy bags, and putting all the groceries away in the cold, rain, or snow can be too much for seniors who are struggling with health conditions. A home care provider can shop with seniors or for them to make sure that the house has plenty of healthy food and tasty snacks and drinks even when it’s too challenging for your senior loved one to shop.
Help With Laundry
Another household chore that can be overwhelming for seniors is doing the laundry. Washing sheets and blankets, towels, heavy sweaters, and other items can be impossible for seniors who have poor grip strength or can’t carry a heavy laundry basket. When a home care provider is there to help your senior loved one can help the best they can while the home care provider does the heavy basket lifting and makes sure that all of the clothes and other items are clean and dry.
Probably the most important benefit of elder care is the companionship that a home care provider can give to your senior loved one. Winter days can drag on when seniors are alone at home. But when they have the companionship of a senior care provider, they will have someone to laugh with, talk with, watch movies with, play games with, and share meals with. That sense of connection and friendship can make all the difference for seniors during the winter months.