If you have aging loved ones living at home, be warned
Seniors Living in Dangerous Situations

Senior Care Audit

A new survey by the US Department of Health and Human Services reports that seniors living in private residences could be in a dangerous situation.

Disabilities, including difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, walking, self-care, and independent living, are rampant among this group.

Almost 40% of people ages 65+ report having at least one disability, of which 91% live in a single family home. And, among those ages 85+ more than 70% report a disability.

Seniors Living in Dangerous Situations

Seniors want independence and live in their home for as long as possible. But when 70% of those with a disability have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, it's near impossible. Or when 50% have a hard time visiting a doctor's office or shopping, and 40% have a hard time hearing - is this realistic? We think not!

Many options are available for seniors who live in their long-term residence. For example, senior care auditing is a new service in which auditors visit the senior, observe the senior and their environment, and report back to the family. These 30-minute visit/audits occur weekly or bi-weekly and start at about $40 per audit, based on where the senior lives.

Vital Assessments and the "7-Factor Audit" covers:

  • Cleanliness/Clutter
  • Odor
  • Caregiver/Support
  • Maintenance
  • Pantry/Supplies
  • Senior Observations
  • and More

"We make sure the senior is okay and, if they have caregivers, that they are doing their jobs. Our online audit results are automatically emailed to the client-family at the end of the audit."

Be sure that if you hire an auditor that they're certified, otherwise they are not fully background checked and trained.

In-Home Care Help

In-home care help

In-home help support offers help to a senior in the home on a part-time or full-time basis. In-home care providers can deliver a wide range of services, working with seniors and their families to create care plans that meet their specific needs.

Some of the services they can provide include:

  • Conversation and companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Errand services
  • Grocery shopping
  • Respite care
  • Medication reminders
  • Grooming and dressing guidance
  • Incidental transportation
  • Laundry services
  • Mail assistance and organization

It's important to check on your aging loved one no matter where one lives. There's so much elder abuse in today's world it's better when played on the safe side than to have regrets and be sorry later. Have a trusted neighbor or friend check on the relative to ensure they're healthy and well-cared for at home or in a residential care facility.



More on Caregiving