Social Constraints in Our Older Adults

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2015 at 2:43 am

According to a recent article by AARP 90% of all older adults want to remain in the comfort of their own homes.  The down side to this is a lack of socialization; a big part of this is the lack of transportation.  Those of us who have chosen caregiving as our path in life understand how to determine when to “take the keys” but actually “taking the keys” is another story!  I am a council member for the United Way’s Elder Service Provider Network (ESPN) and we have been planning our July 2015 meeting entitled “Driving – Independence vs. Safety.  During our last council meeting we discussed a program that Baylor College of Medicine has that involves a simulator and they actually have older adults get into the simulator and drive.  The technician shows them the results of their driving and how safely or how reckless their driving really is.  This has a very big impact on individuals who are not easily convinced by family and friends that it is time to give up the keys. There are many ways to approach “giving up the keys” when talking to our older adults.  Which one is the best one depends on the person. 

One of the best ways to address the issues of socialization and transportation is an experienced, knowledgeable, licensed and insured caregiver.  Our Home Care Agency, You’re First Home Care, develops an Individualized Plan of Care (IPC) for every person we care for.  All IPC’s include not just physical care but social and emotional care as well.    Our care program is very unique but we recognized years ago that if we truly care about the truly well-being of a person, then we must be concerned with them mind and body!

Remember, allowing an older adult to remain in the comfort of their own home does not have to mean isolation.  Quite the contrary!  Our clients are more social, better taken care of and happier than they have been in years.  The right company and the right Plan of Care makes all the difference in the world.  It does not have to break the bank and all without the keys!

mature woman in sunglasses driving automobile

Reference:  http://www.vox.com/2015/6/12/8768827/seniors-aging-car-driving?sf38628533=1


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