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Undertanding Aging & Getting Help
for the Elderly & Seniors

If you have an aging loved one or friend who is living alone and you have concerns they may not be managing well, here are a few helpful suggestions to consider. Concerns regarding many issues are usually as follows:

Mobility, Nutrition, Housekeeping, Grooming, Medication Use, Safety, and Mental Status.

Some older adults are reluctant to ask for help or accept for the most common reasons:

Denial, Pride, Discomfort, Guilt, Anxiety, Resentment, Personality, Finances, or Cognition.

It is a difficult time for all involved and trying to head off a crisis is the main goal. Acceptance of help is wonderful but unfortunately not always the case. The fear of change, losing ones independence, strangers in the home and lack of privacy are all incredibly daunting realities.

Understanding the Situation

It is very important to discuss the situation with family and friends who can help with researching the various options available. Make sure the people you are trying to help are aware that steps have been made to look into some help for them. It is important that they are part the interviewing and hiring process if possible, depending on the situation. It is crucial to know that these caregivers are there to help, not hinder, to enhance and not control the environment, to listen and not dictate opinions, and to provide the day to day activities of life with the utmost respect for the people involved.

It is recommended that when you look for Home Help that the organization is a Full Service Agency. They should take care of Reference Checks, Local and Nationwide Criminal Background Checks, TB Testing, Complete I-9 documentation for Homeland Security Purposes.

Payroll Taxes, Workers Compensation Insurance, Social Security. Unemployment/Disability Benefits, Sick Leave, General and Professional Liability Insurance, Fidelity Bond and Non- Owned Auto Insurance.

Each scenario is different yet similar. The needs can be tailored to suit every situation and individual. Remember nothing is set in stone and care can be adjusted to suit everyone involved

-Ailbhe Leonard,
Irish Help At Home
March 9, 2017


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