As your senior parents settle into their retirement years, they may not experience their golden years as joyfully as they would like.
This is especially so when facing health challenges, feeling helpless because of a loss of independence, or experiencing loneliness as meaningful relationships go by the wayside. These experiences may be damaging to their confidence and feeling of self-worth.
Here are some questions to ask when your parents have these experiences: “Can I tackle my parents’ challenges while juggling my other responsibilities?” and “How can adult day help us lovingly manage these challenges.”
To be honest, there’s no universal answer to this question.
However, in this article, we’ll present you with a few common concerns the elderly encounter – and how an adult day center can address them.
1. Healthcare Costs
We are eligible for Medicare at 65. But it doesn’t cover everything: Medications, Medigap Insurance, and long-term care costs. These expenses can increase faster than retirement income.
A good retirement income doesn’t always make the healthcare costs easy to handle. It’s more a matter of increasing healthcare costs associated with increased use of healthcare services:
- more doctor appointments
- more routine medical tests
- more medicine
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation about your parents health care needs. We are concerned for our parents. They are also concerned about their health.
Even though they may not show it, they are concerned about managing chronic conditions such as:
- Other age-related diseases
For many seniors, it is a daunting challenge, as they don’t want their day-to-day activities to be affected. They still want to be helpful, provide for and help the family, and enjoy their golden years.
3. Needing Assistance and Losing Their Independence
Physical aging and decreased dexterity may lead to the elders needing homecare providers, daily assistance, or enrollment in adult day programs.
While they realize it’s necessary up to a certain point, they may have a hard time coming to terms with this reality.
4. Loneliness and Neglect
This is a fear attributed to people who have an extroverted personality, but it is actually present in introverts as well.
When seniors outlive their friends, it may be hard for them to find new friends and new communities. This is why we see many seniors owning pet companions or getting into adult day programs.
While many seniors suffer from loneliness, they can also fall victim to neglect and other forms of financial abuse.
Some elders might neglect themselves by not eating enough or bathing regularly or taking their medicine. A lonely, isolated senior may even be at risk of experiencing neglect or abuse by a stranger or even a close relative.
The trouble comes when a senior encounters an opportunistic relative or unscrupulous salesperson. Lonely and isolated seniors bring challenges.
How Can Adult Day Programs Address These Issues?
Considering the four challenges seniors face, adult day care services may be the missing link to providing elderly well-being.
At Skylark Senior Care, we strive to address these matters and inspire:
- respect and leverage their competencies and skills
- manage daily health needs
- employ nurses who provide educational programs
- offer family support and assistance with plans of care
- provide personalized activities
- employ nutrition consultants to design a healthy menu
- provide creative and energy-inducing workshops
- offer separate assistance and wheelchair-equipped buses for elders with motion impediments