Activities of daily living are those activities that need to be done every day just as a part of life. These are things like eating, getting dressed, running errands, and handling household tasks. All of these can become more challenging for your senior and home care can help with that.
Running Errands and Transportation
If your elderly family member no longer drives, having someone who is able to take plenty of time and drive her wherever she needs to go is truly helpful. Other family members might offer to help, but they have other things to do. Home care providers are there just to help your senior, so they have plenty of time.
Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals
Planning out the right things to eat, shopping for groceries, and then actually cooking can be so frustrating for your aging family member. Having home care providers take over those duties means that your elderly family member is eating healthy meals without all the hassle. It's also easier for you to see how much and what your senior is eating regularly.
Laundry and Other Household Tasks
Laundry never seems to end, even for your aging adult. Add vacuuming, dusting, and all sorts of other chores to that list and your elderly family member might get tired even thinking about these tasks. When your senior isn't spending time on these tasks, she can spend more time doing what she truly wants or needs to be doing and that can be a huge boost for her mental health.
Personal Care Issues
As your elderly family member's health changes, she may find that it's more difficult to get dressed or to take care of showering herself. Rather than simply ignoring these tasks, your senior might be open to having home care providers help her. They can help her to maintain her dignity and stay safe while she is attending to her basic hygiene needs.
If your elderly family member is having difficulty walking or safely moving around, even just in her home, then senior care providers might be the answer. They can offer her plenty of support and watch for potential issues that might make a fall more likely.
Some aging adults are reluctant to have help from home care providers and even from their family caregivers. But having help with these tasks takes the struggling out of her daily life and allows your aging adult to simply enjoy life again. That way she's spending her time and her energy in ways that give her joy.