Senior Health Resources

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care provides tips on finding senior health resources in your community.

    Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I'm talking about health related senior care resources in your community. Well, we all want to be the best caregivers for our senior loved ones; sometimes we need some extra help.

    Many elder care resources exist in our communities; this is especially true of those which can help with home health care, personal care, activities of daily living and nutrition services.

    For example, what would you do if you live several hundred miles away from your senior loved one and a family member call to say that the senior had taken a fall, was not seriously hurt, but was going to need some health-related help or what if the doctor noticed your loved one was undernourished or said he or she was going to require some short-term help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation.

    Another scenario is that the doctor could be concerned that new medications might have some side effects that might cause discomfort, but it is very important that they be taken. At first you might be overwhelmed at hearing all of this and wonder how you could manage it from so far away.

    The best thing to do is start your search online at the eldercare locator at eldercare.

    gov. You can search on your senior loved ones home address or specific care needs and find a large list of trusted resources in the local area.

    For example, there are home health service agencies that the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging describes as those that help with activities, such as skilled nursing visits, medication management, light housekeeping and assistance with meal preparation or you can get contact information for nutrition services that would deliver meals to your senior or take them to a local senior center where they could enjoy a meal with their peers.

    In addition, you can find personal care services that would provide assistance to your parent with bathing, dressing, running errands and light housekeeping. And finally, you can arrange for an emergency response system to be installed in your parent's house so that if they need help, emergency services can be called at any time of the day or night.

    There are many other senior services available in your community, be sure to visit eldercare.

    gov to locate the one that will best serve you, and your senior loved one's needs.