At Seniors Helping Seniors we’re happy to have helped so many who are in need of help with those who have the ability and desire to help. We invite you to read these heartwarming profiles from those who have benefited from our services, on both ends of the spectrum… from those who have helped, and those who were in need.
- 24 Hour Care
- Assistance with Meals
- Light Housekeeping
- Pet Care
Sally is 89 years old and was diagnosed three years ago with early stage Alzheimer’s. Sally's daughter, Mary, and her son-in-law John were the first in the family to recognize the change in Sally’s behaviors.
Although Sally tried to cover up her cognitive issues, Mary knew she needed to address them with her mother. After Sally was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Sally went to live with Mary and John. Mary later discussed with Sally that she may enjoy attending an adult day center during the day, as a social activity and to keep active. The visits to the adult day center also provided much needed respite for Mary, who was now the primary caregiver.
Mary first engaged Seniors Helping Seniors to provide weekend respite care when she and her husband attended a family wedding out of state. Sally was relatively high functioning, able to shower and dress herself, eat meals and even take her medication with gentle queueing and reminders. Sally was matched with two local Providers that rendered daytime and overnight assistance and they connected immediately with Sally.
During the weekend, the Providers took Sally to her weekly Saturday hair appointment, out to the local diner for dinner for lunch, and worked on one of Sally's favorite puzzles. The Providers made her feel comfortable and safe while her family was out of town, and allowed her to maintain activities she usually enjoyed during the weekend.
Over the course of the year, Seniors Helping Seniors provided many additional respite weekends for Mary and John, with the same Providers. As Sally required more care, Mary needed more assistance with her mother. Seniors Helping Seniors was asked to provide transportation to and from the adult day center. Our Providers were able to pick up Sally in the morning and take her safely into the adult day center, then return her home in the evening. Mary was then able to get ready for work without the typical morning stress and drive home knowing that she didn’t have to rush or worry if she got caught up in traffic, because Mom had a ride home and was being cared for. The Providers became an extension of the family, assisting whenever needed.
- Light Housekeeping
- Personal Care
Beatrice is 85 years old and lives with her 88-year old husband, Ronald. Beatrice is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and requires constant attention and supervision to make sure she is safe. Caring for Beatrice has become overwhelming for Ronald, who suffers from heart disease. With no family in the area, the couple has come to depend on the daily visits Seniors Helping Seniors provides.
In addition to driving Beatrice to an adult day center each morning, a Certified Home Health Aide also visits this lovely couple each evening to make sure they have had dinner, and to assist Beatrice with her showering and bedtime routine. Once she has gotten everyone settled for the evening, the Certified Home Health Aide also helps out around the house by doing the laundry and taking out the trash. Ronald was initially hesitant about having a helper in the home, but he has now come to welcome her as part of the family and says he doesn’t know what he would do without her.
- Pet Care
- Mobility Assistance
- Home Maintenance and Organization
Joe is a 83-year old gentleman who recently moved in with his adult son. Joe’s mind is very sharp and he values his independence highly. However, Joe had been experiencing problems with his balance and suffered several falls at home. His son became increasingly concerned about leaving his father home alone while he was working during the day.
Seniors Helping Seniors matched Joe with a mature Provider who visits him several days a week while his son is at work. Together Joe and his Provider tackle many home projects such as sorting and organizing paperwork, making shopping lists and even doing online grocery shopping together.
Additionally, Seniors Helping Seniors arranged for Joe to get a walker and start physical therapy so he could regain strength and balance. He is much more confident on his feet now and uses his walker everywhere he goes to help prevent falls. Joe also has a small dog that never leaves his side and our Provider helps with pet care as well, going for walks with Joe and the dog when the weather is nice!
- Meal Planning and Preparation
- Light Housekeeping
Debbie was 77 years old, recently retired, and lived with her husband Sam. Shortly after retiring, Debbie was diagnosed with dementia. Sam was Debbie’s primary caregiver had recently found out he had Afib and high blood pressure. Sam had never cooked or cleaned during their many years together, and as Debbie began having difficulty performing her everyday tasks around the house, her children stepped in to suggest help.
Seniors Helping Seniors matched Debbie and Sam with a mature Provider, who loved to cook and was very outgoing and sociable, just what Debbie needed. The Provider visited three times a week, helping with laundry, making a grocery list and taking Debbie grocery shopping, taking walks with Debbie and their dog Charlie, and playing games and laughing.
Sam was able to concentrate on his health, and get some much needed respite, knowing that Debbie was safe at home and enjoying herself. They began eating more nutritional foods and enjoyed homemade meals made by the Provider, rather than relying on take-out food. Debbie and the Provider became close friends and enjoyed each other’s company, especially their weekly shopping trips!