Staying at home for weeks on end during the COVID-19 pandemic was a strange, tough experience for most young people. How do you get food, supplies and medicine when you’re not supposed to go out? How do you deal with being alone? Many seniors face those same questions every day, as they try to live independently at home.
As we age, we accept certain realities: the shower floor gets slipperier and the stairs steeper. A study by the CDC showed that in 2010 about one in four seniors in Wisconsin has a fall causing injury each year. Chronic illnesses like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease make getting around more difficult. It’s harder to keep up with housework, carry heavy grocery bags and drive safely—hello, orange cones of summer! And now COVID-19 has made it risky for seniors to go anywhere at all.
If someone you love is staying at home on purpose or is stuck at home unhappily, Age at Home by Agrace can help on many fronts. In-home senior care can help with tasks that challenge people’s independence or seem too risky for them to do alone. To start, you could have someone shop for you once a week and stop by to keep the house clean.
A daily visit from a caregiver could keep you company and ensure you can safely shower, dress and take medications. This contact matters on other levels, too. Social ties are one of the strongest predictors of well-being, yet about 12 percent of seniors say they rarely or never receive the social and emotional support they need, according to 2007 study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.1
We’re here to support independence and well-being for anyone whose physical limits are catching up with them. Check out the menu of our services and let us know how we can help you be happier and safer at home.
1 McGuire LC, Strine TW, Okoro CA, Ahluwalia IB, Ford ES. Modifiable characteristics of a healthy lifestyle in U.S. older adults with or without frequent mental distress: 2003 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007;15:754-761.