Aged Care Services

The range of aged care services for seniors is literally endless, as there are paid for services, volunteer services, community services, religious services, etc.  However, for the purposes of a quick introduction as to what’s available, we’ll take a look at the aged care services often available through low-cost providers or volunteers by contacting these community organizations:

  • Community centers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Agencies
  • Health care providers
  • Neighborhood groups
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Transportation agencies
  • Seniors’ organizations
  • Agencies on aging
  • Government Agencies
  • Women’s groups
  • Retirement groups
  • Recreation groups
  • Veterans’ organizations
  • Grade school or High school
  • Community college
  • Universities
  • Fraternal orders
  • Business groups
  • Advocacy leagues
  • Department stores
  • Support Groups
  • Church groups
  • Public libraries
  • Youth groups
  • Family services
  • Hospice services
  • Charities

Now that you’re aware of all the different kind of groups who can help with the aged care services you’re looking for, you next need to define how they can help.  Make a list of the kinds of services that are needed – for you and your senior.  The next time someone says, “What can I do” let them pick from your list.  Update this list regularly since your needs and the needs of your elderly loved one will certainly change.  Here are some tasks that family members and/or volunteers can do:

  • Shopping
  • Cleaning
  • Walking
  • Transporting
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Yard work
  • Eating out
  • Paying for Services
  • Plant Care
  • Managing helpers
  • Laundry
  • Visiting
  • Repairs
  • Making telephone calls
  • Bookkeeping
  • Checking in
  • Sewing
  • Errands
  • Movies
  • Pet Care
  • Housing
  • Child care
  • Grooming

Realize that the American family has undergone big changes, no longer are ‘married couples’ the majority — they’re now less than 41% of all households.  For the first time in history, families have more parents than kids.  Nobody’s home anymore.  We spend most of our time at work, at school, at play.  We have created artificial families; hospitals, schools, churches and companies have replaced home.  There is more physical distance between families; caregivers and elderly family members live an average of a hundred miles from one another.

Because of these modern realities, an important goal of finding aged care services would be to be open-minded as to where you can find what type of care needed.   When we come face to face with our own limits and can’t provide the care we wish we could, we feel it’s our own fault.  The truth is that we may not be the most qualified to take on certain care giving responsibilities.  Limitations of relationships, time, stamina and skill all dictate how much help we can realistically offer.  The more defined you are in the kind of aged care services available and the kind of services that you need help with, the better chance you’ll have of finding the right person who can provide these services for you and your aging loved one!

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