Posted on Jul 28, 2014
There are so many benefits to keeping a loved one in their own home. Many seniors have spent years living in their home and have grown attached to both their living space and the items in it. They might be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings. Most seniors do not like change and major changes may cause a great deal of stress for your loved one. Many people do not realize that stress and changes in routine can exacerbate both physical and neurological ailments. Keeping stress to a minimum can help your parent in the long run.
Keeping a loved one in their own home is not always easy, especially if family members do not live close by. However, with the right information and tools, it is most definitely possible. Once you have figured out how much family members are available to help, look into available resources in your community. Most towns in our area have senior centers, adult day care programs, and home care agencies. In addition, services such as meals on wheels, home delivery for food and other supplies and cleaning companies help keep your loved one in his or her home. Just by eliminating some of the jobs you might have to do to keep your parent in his or her own home, can make this possible.
Many towns in Monmouth and Middlesex counties have beautiful senior centers which offer transportation. This will allow your loved one to get out of the house for a variety of activities even when you are not available. If a senior center is not structured enough, look into one of the many adult day care centers such as St Peter's Adult Day in Monroe or Wee Care in Middletown. They too offer transportation. Meals on Wheels is offered through a variety of churches, temples and other agencies, such as Jewish Family and Vocational Services in Middlesex County. Call your local Office on Aging for more information. Many supermarkets now offer home delivery for groceries. One good option is your local Stop and Shop.Finally, a home care agency, such as Senior Helpers Home Care in Manalapan can provide a large variety of services for your mom or dad. They can help with everything from light housekeeping to laundry, cooking to errands, companionship to transportation and grooming to bathing.
Call (732)866-4488 for further information on how we can help your loved one for just several hours a week all the way up to 24/7 care. We want to be a resource for you in our community.