As we age, sometimes the thing we need most is simply help. Help with household chores that used to be easy but now take a lot of effort; help with fixing up a yard that is covered in fall leaves; help with getting to the market and shopping; or help remembering to take a series of medications that can get confusing. Do you have an elder in your life that needs help? If so, a wonderful gift to give them this holiday is help from you, a known friend or family member. It may seem like a small thing but it is so appreciated by the one needing the help. In the in-home care business we meet a lot of elders needing help but not wanting to ask or not wanting strangers in their home. Having a friend or family member is usually their first choice for assistance. If you are able, give the gift of help this year.

If you know an elder needs help but you aren’t personally able to be there, the next best thing may be a qualified caregiver or volunteer. Senior Helpers wants to keep elders safe and in their own homes, where they are most comfortable, as long as possible. That is why we offer service ranging from 1 hour to 24 hours. We also offer gift certificates for care, which can be a great way to introduce an elder to our service and let them try it out, or buy them a few hours to get some of the bigger chores done that they now have a hard time with.

Another local organization that is able to provide the gift of help is Wilshire Community Services. Wilshire runs a program called Caring Callers where volunteers make free weekly in-home visits that provide reassurance and comfort to homebound older persons. The volunteer may chat, play cards or board games, take walks and drives or go shopping with the elder person. Wilshire also offers Senior Peer Counseling, which trains volunteers over age 55 to provide in-home counseling to seniors. This counseling may be very helpful during the Winter months when many seniors experience more depression, grief and loneliness.

If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.

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