Seniors who have physical disabilities face different kinds of challenges beyond those generally associated with the aging process. Some disabilities are genetic in origin, meaning the person was born with a physical limitation. Others may result from an accident or illness that occurs later in life. Either way, these conditions make it difficult to live independently, especially as the person ages and begins to experience other challenges common to seniors.
As a caregiver or family member, it can be very difficult to see someone you love facing physical limitations that affect their ability to live comfortably on their own. But the good news is that you have several options to support your loved one while also providing a safe, comfortable environment at home for them.
How Physical Disabilities Affect Seniors
Physical disabilities present special challenges as people age. Common age-related difficulties such as muscle weakness, decreased mobility, and increased risk of falls can be even more complicated by a physical disability. In addition, seniors with disabilities often feel isolated as it becomes harder to get out of the house, and that can lead to emotional distress. One study found that as mobility and physical ability decline with age, older adults with disabilities not only experience a decrease in social engagements, but also a greater reduction in life satisfaction as compared with seniors without disabilities. Your loved one may experience:
- Difficulty getting from one part of the house to another
- Increased risk of falls
- Difficulty with daily routines like dressing or bathing
- Transferring from one position to another
- Doing basic chores like grocery shopping, meal preparation, or laundry
- Decreased quality of life
- Social isolation
How Disabled Adults Benefit From In-Home Care
One of the most important things you can do for seniors with disabilities is to promote a positive, enjoyable quality of life where they can maintain as much independence as possible. Cherished Companions helps you accomplish that goal in a number of ways.
Customized Care Options
No matter what challenges your loved one faces, we can create a customized care plan to help them enjoy a safe and healthy lifestyle. Service options include:
- Assistance with daily routines like bathing, dressing, and mobility
- Assistance with physical activity
- Grocery shopping
- Transportation to doctors’ appointments
- Assistance with light housekeeping
Perhaps the greatest benefit of working with Cherished Companions is that we prioritize compassion and professionalism for all of our caregivers. They not only provide high quality services, but they also treat your loved one like family.
Ability to Choose Hours or Shifts
Depending on your family member’s needs, you can schedule caregivers for any number of hours throughout the day or night. From 4 hour shifts up to 24 hour live-in care, we help you create a customized plan to ensure that your loved one receives the assistance they need.
Regular Updates from Caregivers
Based on your care plan, you will receive regular, detailed updates from your family member’s caregivers relaying their observations or recommendations. Care Managers will communicate in the method you prefer, whether that’s by phone, email, or text.
If you’re ready to give your senior loved one a better quality of life in the comfort of home, give us a call today!