Our primary aim at HomeAid is to help the elderly and other folk who live at home independently but may struggle with tasks or activities that are taken for granted by the more able-bodied of us. It can come as a surprise at how substantially one’s lifestyle is affected by relatively small challenges. For example, experiencing even minor difficulty walking can mean fewer shopping trips or time spent in the kitchen with a direct impact on proper meals and nutrition. Or being inclined to forgo a visit to the doctor resulting in a mild dose of flu escalating into something much more serious.
Many of our older family members face the inevitable loss of driving ability in a country where safe and affordable public transport is virtually non-existent. This is a major challenge for both individuals living alone and for their families, who are more often than not unable to help when needed due to their own busy schedule picking up kids from school or having to be out of town on business trips. The consequences are again familiar: elderly parents marooned at home and often lonely and it is at this stage that help is often sought in the form of an old age home which is an unfortunate outcome.
With careful planning many of these obstacles to independent living can be overcome and families usually do their utmost to help although in the case where the family is in another town or even country the solution may be a lot more challenging.
HomeAid currently helps in many of these situations, often needing to attend to only an isolated situation at home such as taking a client to the doctor or to help with preparing a meal when someone is sick in bed and feeling poorly. For many a regular scheduled visit is needed but for many the solution is our Priority Support Service. This is a subscription service providing phone-based support for a low monthly fee and includes coordination of repairs, attending to household emergencies and drop-in calls at a discounted rate. See our homepage for more information or click here.
However one chooses to approach the matter, it is important to be mindful of what consequences may result for an elderly person’s from what may initially appear to be minor hindrances in their everyday living.