From toddlers to seniors and everyone in-between, people love their independence and will go to great lengths to maintain it. So, it should be no surprise that while you would love for your aging Mom to live with you, she would prefer to care for herself in separate quarters. For many seniors, living alone is practical and safe. However, with the passing of time, things might change. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering if you need to re-open the conversation about this matter.
- Nutrition. According to MedlinePlus, "studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers". However, if your loved one can't prepare nutritious meals for herself, her health might suffer.
- Medication management. One tablet upon waking up in the morning or right before going to bed is a relatively easy routine to stick to. However, if Mom takes more than one medication more than once a day, and has to take them at specific intervals, it becomes more likely that some pills might get skipped.
- Personal hygiene. Even with shower bars and other assistive devices, personal care can be quite an undertaking for seniors. It might seem much simpler to forego certain tasks. Something as simple as brushing her teeth twice a day could appear to become more of a burden than a necessity.
- Loneliness. Social isolation and loneliness among the elderly poses a risk to mental and physical health. Although seniors might love some of the perks of living alone, this is one side of it that they could not have planned ahead for. And it could be hard to have enough courage to express their loneliness.
- Poor eyesight. If your Mom still has great vision, she is among the few of her peers that are so fortunate. For most, poor eyesight is a major problem and can lead to bumping into objects, dropping things, and other hazards.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!