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Aging in place is becoming an increasingly popular option for seniors. By aging in place, individuals are able to maintain more independent lifestyles in the comfort of their own homes.

However, for seniors who decide to age in place—or who aren't quite ready to make the transition to assisted living—changes in physical ability, health, and circumstances can make some aspects of daily life challenging. This is particularly true for individuals who live alone, many of whom are in need of home help in the following areas:

Household Chores

For individuals with limited mobility, even normal tasks like cleaning and maintenance around the house can be physically challenging—particularly if the house in question includes features such as stairs or difficult-to-reach areas, or needs to be weatherized to accommodate changing seasons. Caregivers and in-home care professionals can help by taking over more demanding chores, or hiring additional help from maids, gardeners, or handymen.

Shopping and Errands

Transportation is a major issue for older individuals, many of whom are no longer able to drive and do not have access to public transportation. For people in this situation, it's imperative that they still have a means of shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions, and getting to doctor's appointments. Consider making a standing carpool arrangement with someone, or offering to pick up and deliver medications on a regular basis.

Meal Preparation

Cooking nutritious meals can be tedious and tiring for seniors, especially if they're just cooking for themselves. Occasionally delivering batches of prepared meals or large dishes can be a huge help for seniors. Alternatively, you can look into senior meal delivery services in your area.
If you're a caregiver who provides in-home help for seniors, you don't need to do it alone. Spectrum Community Services is committed to improving the quality of life for low-income families, seniors, and individuals in Alameda County. Through financial assistance and other services, our goal is to support community members in building healthy, safe, and independent lives. Visit our website for more information on our senior meals program or to download a copy of our utility assistance application.