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Tips for Finding Local Resources for an Aging Parent

Independence is one of the things seniors often want to hang on to during the later years of life. However, some older adults may have valid concerns about achieving this goal when certain needs come into play. The good news is there are many community resources you can encourage your senior parent to take advantage of so he or she can get access to what he or she needs. Here are some of the possibilities.

Local Senior Center

A good place to start is with the local senior center. Many of these community-based centers provide access to information about local activities specific to seniors as well as vetted services older adults may be interested in, such as:

• Home-based therapy services
• Handyman services
• Transportation services

Some senior centers also offer meal programs and other resources your parent may wish to consider. Employment assistance and health, fitness, and wellness programs may be offered as well.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of home care service. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

City Hall/Municipal Building

Many larger cities and towns have city halls or municipal buildings that provide an assortment of useful and easily accessible senior resources. Some of these may include details about medical equipment rental services, routine safety checks for older adults, and various senior services that can be accessed locally.

Local Library

The local library can be a wealth of beneficial resources. In the book collection, your parent should be able to find information about everything from senior-specific diet and exercise options to ideas for engaging and enjoyable hobbies and activities that are ideal for seniors. Some libraries also help out senior patrons with:

• Guest lectures covering senior-specific concerns
• Opportunities to volunteer
• Lessons for those wishing to learn how to use computers or navigate the Internet
• Presentations from local professionals who offer senior-specific services
• Access to tax prep assistance during tax season

If your loved one needs personalized help with the activities of daily living, consider hiring a home caregiver. Anchorage home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

Financial Planning Offices

Some communities have offices of this nature that provide access to financial services for seniors. If your community has a financial planning office, your parent may be able to get assistance with preparing a will, managing post-retirement savings and investments, or general financial planning.

Local Church

If your parent is regularly involved in a church, this can be another useful resource. Some churches provide local transportation, while others host regular events seniors tend to appreciate. Your parent may also be able to support charitable activities or worthwhile causes through the church.

Chamber of Commerce

Your parent’s local chamber of commerce website can be another good way to identify community resources that are beneficial for seniors. Many local companies, including ones that offer services appealing to older adults, submit listings to local sites to boost credibility. Plus, chamber of commerce website listings are typically vetted to some extent.

Local Better Business Bureau Pages

In many large cities and regions, the Better Business Bureau has local pages. This can be a great way for your parent to quickly check local businesses before using their services. Each business listing is typically given a rating, and any filed complaints are usually mentioned. 

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Anchorage, AK, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Call Home Care Assistance at (907) 770-0907 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.