Self-reliance is one of the hallmarks of adulthood and something we cherish even as we age. However, there comes a time when our ability to care for ourselves wanes. Although it is a change that brings about many uncomfortable feelings, it is actually a natural process. Of course, it may still be difficult to deal with, especially when we’re put in the position (perhaps for the first time) of having to accept help from others.
There is a way, though, to make these circumstances less frightening and more fulfilling. If your loved one has begun to lose important functions such as eyesight, hearing, motor skills, and more, consider inviting one or more caring people into their lives to provide assistance.
Where do you find such compassionate and dedicated individuals? They are already part of the amazing staff at the Institute on Aging, just waiting to be of service to your senior.
Staying safe and healthy through transition
Our staff of visiting nurses, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and home health aides know about the special needs of the elderly. They can help reduce the fear and uncertainty your loved one may feel with regard to their changing abilities. They can also see that the senior maximizes any functionality they do have, while making sure they are as safe and healthy as possible in their homes.
It takes courage to relinquish control over things we’ve managed for many years, including our bodies, our houses, and other aspects of our lives. But if done correctly, the shift can be gentle, meaningful, and worthwhile. And staying in familiar environments – such as the home your loved one has known for decades – is a very big part of that.
Accepting senior home care in San Mateo County
At IOA, we encourage seniors to be as self-reliant as their capabilities allow. However, we also recognize that complete independence is not possible for many older people. That’s why we’d like you to contact us if your senior has needs such as:
Help is here for you and your senior
Help is available for San Mateo senior residents in the following zip codes:
Contact us, and let your senior’s journey begin
There will come a time for all of us when we’ll need to let go of the desire to control every situation – including aging. 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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starting point for help with your concerns about the needs of older
adults and adults with disabilities. IOA CONNECT links you with our services,
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