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Caring for the Elderly: Senior Services






     As people age their bodies change, financial situation changes and their overall needs in general change. Most older adults begin to find that they can no longer do the same things for themselves like they once did when they were younger due to declining physical or mental health and a limited income. Fortunately society has taken the needs of these people into consideration and have made a number of helpful senior services available in most communities.

One excellent and well-known service for seniors provides them with hot meals brought to their doors. It benefits them in two ways really, first because they are receiving nourishment, second because they are getting a visit from a friendly, caring person who is stopping by to check on them at the same time which provides them with some interaction they may not be getting. Meals are usually a hot lunch, that includes all food groups and is low in sodium and sugar. Sometimes they provide breakfast as well and cold items such as drinks, milk, and salads.

Adult day care centers are another great resource offered to elderly people and provide an appropriate environment where they can socialize with others, join exercise classes, partake in crafts and handwork, enjoy healthy meals and be offered health screenings. These facilities are places where people can drop in and take advantage of the activities offered there and some of them even provide transportation back and forth.

Essential to physical well-being is home healthcare. These services provide medical attention to the elderly in their own homes, thus avoiding the need for them to have to go elsewhere for treatment. This is suitable for those who are still able to live on their own and do not require round the clock nursing care. Generally medical care is given by a nurse or nurse's aide or therapist and can include such actions as wound care and prevention, blood pressure monitoring, medication administration, injections, oxygen therapy and such.

Transportation providers for older adults are another invaluable service that is offered in most cities. Since many senior are no longer able to or are not comfortable driving any longer, other arrangements must be made in order for them to get around to do things like go to the doctor, buy groceries, or anywhere else they need to go. Besides the obvious taxis and public transit, there are both private and non-profit organizations that specialize in providing seniors with safe, reliable transportation. They can provide door-to-door service, and ride share programs to meet their needs.

Another nice service available in a number of locations for seniors is pet therapy. It has been scientifically proven that having affectionate animals around, cats and dogs specifically, has a number of positive effects on the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of the elderly. Not all older people are in a position to be able to care for a pet of their own, that is why there are organizations that bring animals around to nursing homes, senior's centers and places where seniors typically gather or live, so the people can interact with the animals without having the burden of caring for them.

When people get older, it generally becomes more challenging for them to accomplish regular activities of daily living (ADLs), due to diminished energy and physical health. For those people who are still able to stay in their own home, but just need some assistance with these things, there is home care. This service does not provide medical attention like home healthcare does, but rather workers assist with such things as laundry, cooking, cleaning, bathing, gardening, running errands and simply providing companionship.

It is a good thing that there are so many useful senior services available to help make life easier for these people and let them know that they are still valuable members of society.

A new system that allows seniors to remain independent in their homes instead of using Home health care Orillia services, Assisted living Collingwood despite some health issues they may have. GrandCare Canada by OFS 16 Lennox Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9V8 705-720-0570

A new system that allows seniors to remain independent in their homes instead of using Home health care services or moving into a nursing home despite some health issues they may have. GrandCare Canada by OFS 16 Lennox Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9V8 705-720-0570http://grandcarecanada.com




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A new system that allows seniors to remain independent in their homes instead of using Home health care Orillia services, Assisted living Collingwood despite some health issues they may have. GrandCare Canada by OFS 16 Lennox Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9V8 705-720-0570


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