Best Ways to Help Seniors Aging in Place

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Being able to stay in their own home is important to many senior citizens. But this goal can get harder to accomplish as they get older and lose the ability to perform certain tasks. That doesn't mean they necessarily have to move in with family or to a retirement home. It just means they need a little extra help, which you or other trusted adults can provide in the following ways.

Help Seniors Around the House

Many seniors aging in place eventually lose the ability to cook or clean, so they might need some dependable & fun assistance for your aging parent. If you live nearby and have a little time to spare, you can stop by regularly to straighten out their house and perform tasks like taking out the trash and doing the dishes and laundry. Dropping off precooked meals that will last a few days would be a big help, too, ensuring they're not constantly ordering pizza or getting fast food every day because they can no longer cook. Of course, many people don't have the time to perform these tasks for elderly loved ones on a regular basis, which is why you can hire a Papa Pal to do it for you as often as necessary.

Deliver Groceries and Other Necessities for Seniors

Your elderly loved one may need help keeping the essentials in stock. That includes everything from food and drinks to toilet paper and light bulbs. If you don't have time to take your family member shopping once a week, a Papa Pal can do it as often as your relative needs. He or she can even help your loved one learn to use technology like Amazon to order household goods and groceries.

Make the House Safer for Seniors

If you want some peace of mind as a loved one ages in place, you should ensure the environment is safe. This is as simple as installing support rails in the bathroom, such as next to the toilet and shower. You can even install toilets, counters and sinks that are a little higher so your elderly relative doesn't have to bend very far to use them. Adding extra lighting and making sure floors are not slippery can also help keep your loved one safe while aging in place. And of course, you can hire Papa Pals to check on him or her frequently if you're ever worried about safety at home.

Provide Social Opportunities for Seniors and Caregivers

Staying social is an important part of aging in place, since seniors can easily get depressed when they have no contact with the outside world. Your loved one would likely appreciate you and other adults visiting often, even just to talk and especially to listen. You can also set up outings, such as to local stores, the mall, movies and restaurants. But you don't have to be your relative's only friend. In fact, it's important to ensure they make other friends who share similar interests. You can help with this by signing up your relative for a local senior center and making sure they have a ride there on a regular basis. In addition, Papa Pals can provide transportation to social activities, and they also serve as a new friend to talk to when your loved one is feeling lonely.

If you live far away from your aging loved one, or you simply don't have time to regularly check in, you can still provide quality care by hiring someone to perform these helpful tasks. At Papa, we're happy to provide on-demand personal help to seniors aging in place. Papa Pals are enthusiastic, friendly and able to help with everything from grocery shopping and cooking to transportation and good conversation. Contact us today to schedule a Papa Pal to offer the help your loved one needs.

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Finding Dependable & Fun Assistance for Your Aging Parents

Whether your elderly parent needs someone to take a walk with in the park, play a game of checkers with, or someone to do light housekeeping -- Papa has the perfect Papa Pal for the job.

Whether your elderly parent needs someone to take a walk with in the park, play a game of checkers with, or someone to do light housekeeping -- Papa has the perfect Papa Pal for the job.

Caregivers often want to devote more time to their aging parents, but due to their own work responsibilities, household chores, errands and social activities, finding the time to do so is often quite difficult. More often than not, senior citizens have friends who would love to help them out, but due to their own medical conditions they no longer have the ability to drive or the energy to assist. Finding dependable, attentive and fun assistants for your aging parent is now possible via our website.

Needs of Senior Citizens

As a caregiver for your elderly parents, it is likely that you can find the time to stop by for a visit with them in the evening or during the weekend, or to call them a few times during the week. But your love and moral support isn't the only need that they have.

Senior citizens with health problems tend to have frequent doctor appointments and these can be very time-consuming once you pick up your parent, wait for a lengthy time at the doctor's office, get prescriptions filled and then take your parent home. Your parents also needs to run errands that require that you go along, such as getting a haircut, banking, and shopping for groceries or their clothing needs. All of these things are quite time-consuming and can wipe out your vacation time from work at a rapid pace. Or the various errands can eat up all your free time during the evenings and weekends, so that you never seem to find time to relax and wind down from your work day. This can cause you undue stress, make you more prone to illness and resulting in a less than satisfactory quality of life.

How Papa Helps

Papa has made it their mission to provide quality assistance to senior citizens by hiring young, energetic, responsible and attentive staff members to help out with many of their needs. These Papa Pals are available at minimal prices to simply stop by your parents' home to make sure they are doing OK. They also do larger tasks, such as walking the dog and taking your parents for errands or doctor's visits. The Papa Pal can do light housecleaning when necessary. We also provide qualified staff members to do in-home medical care. All our staff members go through extensive background checks, which should provide you with peace of mind.

If your elderly parent is homebound, he or she likely misses the social aspects of his or her life. This includes time to socialize, attend church or other fun activities where they can interact with others. Papa recognizes that this basic need is crucial to their mental and physical well-being, and enables you to hire a Papa Pal to go by and simply visit with your parent. Whether your parent wants to reminisce by looking through old photo album, needs a partner for a game of chess or help with a computer or cell phone, or just craves a friendly chat, the Papa Pal is there to provide the fun social time that is crucial to your parent's well-being.

We recognize that your aging parent is quite special to you and therefore, is special and important to us. You can keep in close contact with us via our handy mobile app, a text or a phone call. At Papa, you don't just hire an impersonal assistant to provide a necessary service, you hire someone who will interact and bond with your aging parent and become their true friend.