Sometimes, growing older means letting go of the things we’ve held onto for decades. The ability to run errands, complete maintenance on our homes, and even perform self-care are all things that may gradually drift away from us in time. Especially when a person has a strong sense of individualism, they may see accepting help as some sort of weakness. Logically, of course, we know it’s not. But that doesn’t stop seniors from having trouble leaning on others in their time of need.
This comes up a great deal in communities where a large part of the population is made up of elderly people. For instance, in Los Gatos, 18% of the town is sixty-five or older. Many have to give up markers of independence such as their driver’s licenses. Unfortunately for them, several major highways run through and around Los Gatos, and many commercial services can only be accessed via these roads. If your senior doesn’t drive, or has trouble driving on freeways or at night, attending to their needs is difficult at best and impossible at worst.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Institute on Aging has a mission: to provide the best in home care while respecting your loved one’s dignity and sense of self.
An agency that focuses on respect and autonomy
Many seniors fear that accepting help will not only make them feel less capable, but will start an inevitable decline in their ability to care for themselves. However, the qualified staff at IOA knows that nothing could be further from the truth. We encourage our clients to do as much as possible for themselves, and only recommend additional help when necessary.
In addition to escorted transport, we offer home health aides who operate on an hourly basis, provide 24/7 care, and everything in between. We can draw up individualized care plans that pinpoint your senior’s specific challenges and strengths. We often recommend assistive devices such as canes or walkers to keep your loved one mobile as much as possible. If we think physical or occupational therapy would keep your senior self-sufficient for longer, we call the skilled therapists on our team. In other words, we are committed to upholding your loved one’s ability to make their own decisions and age gracefully on their own terms.
Senior home care in Los Gatos that embraces independence
The Institute on Aging wants to help meet as many of your loved one’s needs as possible. If they live in the zip code of 94022, please contact us to discuss the following services:
Start your senior’s path towards accepting help
Accepting help from a care agency is a big step for most seniors. Please contact the Institute on Aging at 415-750-4111 or 650-424-1411. Our client service specialists are available to address your questions and concerns, and assist you in deciding on the right course of action to help the special senior in your life.
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Institute on Aging (IOA) CONNECT is your direct line to us and the
starting point for help with your concerns about the needs of older
adults and adults with disabilities. IOA CONNECT links you with our services,
as well as community services available. Call IOA CONNECT:
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