Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about senior care resources in your community. As we and our loved ones age, needs change and new matters arise, that call for specialized services and care. Many of these issues can be grouped into three categories. First is health; second is living or home; and third is financial and legal.
Health related issues that might arise include the need for personal care or home health services for your senior loved one. That include services such as medication management, skilled nursing, and help with bathing, dressing, and meals.
For some who might need a bit more help, adult daycare may be a solution, or your parent might be doing well, but in case of emergency you may be considering installing an emergency response system.
Living and home related senior concerns include the ability to age in place and finding a reputable contractor that specializes in modification to increase ease of use, safety, security, and independence in their home.
For some seniors staying in their home isn't an option due to health reasons or ability to maintain the home. These folks need to learn about assisted living and skilled nursing facilities or retirement communities or government assisted housing options.
The third category, financial and legal matters, truly calls for access to individuals who are qualified to provide advice and guidance on wills, estate plans, and insurance options. Still, other seniors need access to employment and volunteer opportunities. So who provides all of these resources and where can you find them in your community? The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is a network of community-based services and resources for older adults and persons with disabilities. Their resource continuum includes Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Senior Centers, Information and Referral Assistance, and programs for caregivers.
The Federal Government has set up a website where you can easily get full details about all of the Area Agencies on Aging in your community. Visit eldercare.
gov or call 800-677-1116 to locate the specific services you or your senior loved one requires to live securely, safely, and in good health.