There’s an elderly neighbor you’ve chatted with at civic meetings and block parties for years. When you see her coming to get her mail as you walk up the street, you slow down and greet her at the mailbox. She says hello but seems wary, as if she doesn’t quite recognize you. You ask her about a nasty bruise on her forearm. Oh, just an accident, she explains; the car door closed on it. She says goodbye quickly and returns to the house.
Lots of companies have sprouted to help us continue living n our own homes, be they apartments or single-family dwellings. Gardeners and handymen can help with the inside/outside maintenance of a home. Specialists in home modification can change the physical environment to support safety and access. There are a number of services that can support our everyday activities.
"This is my home and I'm not leaving. I can take care of myself and that's that," says your mother emphatically, when you quietly suggest that you want to take her to visit an Assisted Living Community. Now what do you do? The signs have been creeping up for weeks. Your Mom left the burner on for two days, and there are unused medications still on the counter.