Living Alone is Elder Home Share the solution?
Living alone can present certain risks and challenges for the elderly, particularly at nighttime. Here are some of the issues facing seniors living alone. As the Founder of Elder Home Share and having been a home share companion myself for several years I would have come across all of the following pointers and can say that having a home share companion in the home can be very supportive in reducing the impact of the following. :
Falls and accidents: Older adults are more susceptible to falls, which can lead to serious injuries, especially when no one is around to provide immediate assistance. Nighttime can be particularly risky due to decreased visibility and disorientation in the dark.
Medical emergencies: Elderly individuals may experience sudden medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, or severe falls that require immediate attention. Without someone present to identify the situation and call for help, the consequences can be more severe.
Cognitive issues: Some older adults may suffer from cognitive decline, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. During the night, confusion and disorientation may increase, leading to wandering or getting lost within the home or neighborhood.
Security concerns: Living alone can make seniors more vulnerable to criminal activities, such as burglaries, home invasions, or scams. Criminals may target elderly individuals who they perceive as easy targets, especially when they are alone and less able to defend themselves.
Medication management: Taking medications at the correct times and dosages is crucial for many seniors. Living alone at night can make it difficult to remember to take medications or to properly manage and store them, leading to potential health complications.
Loneliness and social isolation: The absence of regular social interaction during the night can contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation. This can negatively impact mental health and well-being, potentially leading to depression and anxiety.
If you are concerned about an elderly loved one living alone and you think they would be open to having a home share companion live in the house and provide 10 hours a week in companionship and support please each out to find out more. Click here to learn more about how Elder Home Share works.
It's important to consider these risks and take appropriate measures to mitigate them, such as implementing safety measures, seeking companionship or support, and exploring options for nighttime care or assistance. Regular communication with the elderly person and maintaining a network of support can also help address these concerns effectively.