Seasonal transitions are a time for reflection and planning. As we move from winter into spring, nothing quite illustrates this point like spring cleaning. It seems only natural to gear up for a fresh start by de-cluttering the house, working in the garden, and getting organized for what lies ahead.
However, there are some neighbors, friends, and loved ones who have begun to fear these transitions. Not because of the activities they involve, but because of what these transitions signify: being one step closer to a loss of independence. Connecticut home care agencies know what this fear feels like. That’s why we want seniors and their families to know about the unique care options that are available.
This article will take a fresh look at senior care and what that really means.
If it’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It
Let’s begin our discussion with a personal story.
A couple of years ago, my grandparents moved from their life-long desert home in California to an assisted living facility in Wisconsin. To give you an idea of what they are like, these are two people who are always on the go. There are always activities to do, plans to follow, and a household to run. Things always moved like a well-oiled machine, until they couldn’t manage all of these daily tasks anymore.
Eventually, age and health problems catch up with the best of us. They chose to sell their beloved desert hide-away and move closer to family. The following year was a difficult one. I watched my grandmother get sick and my grandfather begin to lose that spark, that zest for life he never seemed to be without. We decided to stand together as a family and love them through this difficult transition. Then, something amazing began to happen.
My grandfather has never been one to sit idle too long. He decided he was going to make a difference in the lives of the people around him. He began seeking out other residents who needed help; someone to walk the grounds with or just talk to. He took my grandmother on nature walks.
We began to see them smile more, get energized by what they were doing, and bring delight to others. To this day, my grandfather continues to help other seniors. It struck me that this is what elder care should look like – not only getting the help you need, but giving help as well.
Ripples of Change
Connecticut home care organizations are offering the elderly a unique opportunity to get involved in caring for each other. Seniors Helping Seniors in-home care services is “a way to give and receive.” Interested seniors, who need help or who want to help others, can contact us to get started. Walks, picnics, and community excursions with a peer are only a phone call away.
The goal of Connecticut home care programs like this is to provide better care by having someone familiar there. So as you reflect and plan for what spring has in store, consider changing your perspective on elder care. Find out more about getting involved at: http://www.seniorshelpingseniors.com/SouthCentralShoreline/. The program currently serves South-Central Connecticut.