Does Your Neighbor Need Help at Home?

 

Does your neighbor need a Helping Hand?

The phrase “There’s no place like home,” has special meaning to some aging homeowners. No one wants to give up their comfort, privacy, and independence.   Many sit and suffer in silence unnecessarily while their quality of life diminishes quickly.

What happens when older citizens cannot fend for themselves? The cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene begin to suffer. They need proper nourishment to stay healthy, and may not be able to provide it for themselves. This situation can deteriorate very quickly. It is particularly dangerous if medications are involved and dosages are accidentally misused or forgotten.  They may need medical attention, but can’t drive themselves to the doctor, or perhaps they need in-home care and don’t know where to turn.

Often those in need will not share their condition with their families as they don’t want to be a burden. Sometimes the families are the last to know the needs of their beloved elder members.  A sense of shame at the inability to care for themselves can also prevent them from asking for help.

There is a good chance that you will have someone in need in your own neighborhood or group at some point.  It’s important to be aware of some of the tell-tale signs that a neighbor or friend may need assistance.

 

  • ·         Have they stopped attending clubs or events completely?
  • ·         Are newspapers piling up in the driveway?
  • ·         Have you noticed a decline in outdoor landscaping maintenance?
  • ·         Has the car not been moved in an extended period of time?

 

These are all indications that your friend or neighbor may need a wellness check.  It may also be the time to suggest they get help from one of the following services.

In Home Medical Care Service: They have a high quality staff of nurses who perform a wide array of services including physical therapy, bandage maintenance, prescription monitoring, and other medical treatments.

Medical Transport Service:  These companies will transport a patient using great care. They will take someone who cannot drive to and from necessary medical appointments.

In Home Care:  They will take care of NON-medical in home care such as laundry, meals, and cleaning. They can also provide companion sitting.

Meal Delivery Service:  Gourmet Today Catering will prepare a week’s worth of gourmet and nutritious food for you or your neighbor and deliver it to the door.