Many senior citizens struggle with the idea of moving into a care home, or even or even the home of a relative. Often their own house is filled with memories they wish to be near and sometimes it’s just a matter of not wanting to give in to losing independence or change in general. It is not uncommon for people to remain living alone long after additional care or supervision is needed.
In many situations, this indistinct period between safely living independently and requiring full time care can present unanticipated risks. These risks can include preventable accidents during activities of daily living (ADLs), retreating from social interaction, physical and cognitive decline going unnoticed, and more.
Often, a temporary solution is to have a family member or friend drop in on a regular basis to spend time with the person and check up on them. However, unless that helper is an experienced caregiver, they could be quite overwhelmed by the situation. They likely aren’t sure where to start (especially if the aging person has already been alone for some time) or what needs to be addressed. Also, if this is an aging parent or someone close it can be quite difficult emotionally.
The goal of this website is to create a supportive community of people in similar situations. It is a place to learn more about the needs of an aging person, share experiences and advice, and maybe even meet new friends along the way.
If you ever have suggestions for new content or how to improve existing content, please leave feedback so that the site can continue to grow and improve.
While this website is specifically aimed at people caring for seniors on a drop in basis, much of the information will also be helpful if you are having a loved one in need of support moving into your home.
Caring for a loved one as they age can be a difficult and lonely experience, hopefully this community will let you know you aren’t alone.