Mary Alexander: Hi! I'm Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I'm talking about living and home related senior care resources in your community. For any of us finding a trusted contractor to make home repairs or engage in renovation projects can be a daunting process. Making calls, having visits to discuss projects and contacting references can seem like a full-time job. For our senior loved ones this process becomes even more stressful and potentially dangerous as there are many folks out there that would try to take advantage of vulnerable seniors.
The good news is that there are resources in your community that can help you find trusted home and living related services for your senior loved one. To find these local resources visit eldercare.
gov and type in your senior's address or ZIP code. You will then receive a list of trusted community-based agencies that can help you find solutions for your seniors living and home related needs.
For example, if you and your senior loved one are interested in allowing him or her to aging place your local senior care agency can give you references for home modification providers which the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging described as those who will do specific renovations to increase the ease-of-use, safety, security and independence in your loved ones home. To support your loved ones independent living these same senior agencies can direct you to transportation companies that provide services for older adults to get them to appointments, shopping centers and the like. In addition, there are telephone reassurance services that will make calls and friendly visits to your senior loved one to make sure he or she is doing okay.
For some seniors though staying in the home isn't an option. Using the eldercare locator again at eldercare.
gov will help you find agencies that can direct you to other housing options for your senior loved one. Some options include assisted living facilities, retirement communities, nursing facilities; government assisted housing, and shared housing. Also some home health care companies offer a service locator to find help in your area. Just check out the company's website to locate homecare offices in your community.
Whatever your senior home and living needs may be, there are community-based services who can point you in the right direction.