Dec 7, 2017 by Kristina Butler
Seniors are more likely to suffer from common diseases than individuals of other age groups. While this does not mean that aging causes poor health, it does mean that for tens of millions of American seniors, decisions will need to be made about their care services and living arrangements. This is especially true for seniors with progressive and degenerative diseases that impact their ability to conduct activities of daily living.
Among common diseases that are most prevalent in seniors are arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease, lung disease, and Parkinson's. Each of these diseases has its own unique set of challenges, but they also have a common thread. Each disease limits a senior's ability to perform one or more daily living activities and enjoy life the way they used to. Worse, without proper support, many seniors may find themselves in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Comfort Keepers care services are designed to help seniors maximize their elder years despite the challenges of injury, disease, or other medical or psychological conditions. The overall goal of in-home care is to enable a senior to safely remain in the comfort and convenience of their own home while increasing their freedom, independence, and quality of life.
For example, many common diseases, make it difficult, if not impossible, to bend, stoop, or carry heavier objects (even a pan filled with water). From the pain of arthritis to the fear of broken bones associated with osteoporosis or memory lapses from dementia, there are countless reasons a senior may find it difficult to keep up with the housekeeping, wash and fold the laundry, or even prepare meals. Other seniors may no longer be able to drive or even effectively utilize public transportation. Comfort Keepers care services address each of these concerns and more with customized and personalized care plans.
Most diseases are treated with myriad medications. Comfort Keepers medication management support can help seniors keep track of the many different types, times, doses, and rules associated with their growing list of pills, capsules, gels, ointments, tinctures, and so forth.
As diseases progress, seniors may be unable to provide for areas of their own personal care or hygiene. Home care ensures their dignity remains intact while providing support for many of these areas, including eating, toileting, bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, and dressing.
In short, seniors may be more susceptible to a number of common diseases, but with Comfort Keepers care services, they do not have to give up their freedom, independence, or quality of life.
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