Senior Services & Options: What’s Out There?

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 20, 2016

Senior service

Senior services cover everything from home handrail installation to end-of-life hospice care. Depending on your health and level of independence you might want to consider any of the options below.

Senior Services Specialists

Many independent contractors have significant experience with renovations and installations for seniors who wish to stay in their home. These professionals are a good choice if you need to extend or add handrails in the bathroom, by your bed or on the stairs. They will also have experience making homes wheelchair accessible, or adding stair-lifts or elevators.

Home Health Aides and Homemakers Options

Again, these are a good resource if you want to stay in your home, but need additional assistance with the activities of daily living. Health aides can help with personal hygiene bathing, dressing, and eating. Homemakers specialize in maintaining the household: grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry.

Senior Centers & Services

Many communities have senior centers that offer a standing invitation to anyone over age 55, and provide things like breakfast or lunch, live music and dancing, and classes of all kinds. Activities can also include movies, cards, games, projects, exercise and community outings.

Adult Day Care Senior Services

These senior services provide a safe, friendly daytime home for adults who are socially isolated, have a physical impairment, Alzheimer’s, or experience other mental health disorders. The staff plan case-specific activities and offer health and medication supervision, bathing and hair care, and meals.

Case Management Senior Services

Case Management senior services help seniors with physical challenge get the right community supports in place so they can remain independent, safe, and surrounded by the comforts of home.

Caregiver Support Options

If you are helping an older family member or friend, you are a caregiver. Juggling caregiver responsibilities with work, personal, or other family needs can be difficult. These services provide information and referral to in-home and community-based services, education programs, support groups, and resource libraries.

Senior Housing Programs

If your loved one is no longer comfortable, happy or safe in their own homes, there are often community senior services which offer information and referrals for senior apartments, independent living communities, assisted living, and nursing home care.

In-Home Hospice Care Services

End-of-life senior services generally require significant cooperation between family members and health care professionals. Hospice at home usually means a team approach and round-the-clock care. Home care specialists can work with family, physicians and hospice volunteers to ensure the patient is comfortable and attended at all times.

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