Has the question of whether or not you may need caregiving assistance come up recently? Consider the following scenario: 

You’ve always been a proud and independent person who worked hard over the years for what you have, including your home. Your spouse of 55 years passed away last year, and it’s been tough ever since. You dearly love your adult children and grandchildren, but they live far away, and you get to see them just a few times a year.

Now that you’re in your late 70s, it’s become harder just to get around. Routine daily activities are now difficult, and your doctor mentioned recently it may be time to give up the car keys. The house is a mess, you just fell (again) in the bathroom, and preparing healthy meals for one just doesn’t make sense. You decided long ago not to be a burden to your kids, but you also want to continue enjoying the comfort and freedom living at home affords you. Is it seriously time to consider some caregiving assistance?

Can You Still Perform these Activities?

The first question to honestly ask yourself is whether-or-not you can still routinely perform these daily living activities:

  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring or moving from place to place
  • Cleaning house and doing laundry
  • Driving
  • Walking including negotiating stairs and steps
  • Remembering to take your medications
  • Cooking and eating

Loss-of-balance is common for seniors 65-and-over, and nearly a third experience a fall every year. That’s nothing to be embarrassed about, as balance difficulties accompany the aging proces