Challenges faced by seniors living alone at home in Singapore

Challenges faced by seniors living alone at home in Singapore

As people grow older, they lose the ability to do the same things that they were able to when they were younger. Basic tasks like cooking and cleaning can become too difficult, and these are only a few of the challenges seniors face living at home alone. Despite this, many elderly individuals refuse to sacrifice their independence and move into senior communities, especially if the home they live in has happy and precious memories. But seniors living alone at home face several major challenges that can be debilitating if not taken care of.

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Loneliness is an issue that many seniors face, especially if they are no longer able to drive, their children have moved away, or a significant other has passed away. The lack of companionship can lead to physical deterioration due to a lack of interest in taking care of their physical needs.

Tripping or falling in an unsafe environment

Many homes have dangers that may not be obvious at first. Senior citizens can lose their balance and trip and fall on an upturned rug, raised tile or wet floor.
Once an elderly person has fallen, he or she may be unable to get up or alert someone or seek help and this can have detrimental or fatal consequences.

Inability to complete their errands

Another challenge seniors living home alone face is doing necessary errands. The elderly sometimes may find completing errands in and outside the home difficult. Some seniors may need help with the upkeep of their home, grocery shopping or going to appointments.

Remembering medication

Mental illness or fatigue can cause individuals to forget to take their medication. Seniors may need help from loved ones, neighbours ot elderly care service providers to provide them with regular medication reminders.

Nutritious meals

Elderly people may be unable to cook for themselves at home or lack interest in preparing and cooking nutritious meals. When unmotivated to cook, individuals can often make unhealthy lifestyle choices, so it is important to be aware of any lack of interest by the elderly when you or anyone else visit them at home.

If your elderly loved ones face the above challenges, it is important to get help. Listed below are some solutions that can help to alleviate the challenges.

Personal assistance

One way to ensure the best care for your elderly family members is to hire a trained home care assistant who can take care of their needs and keep them company. In-home care providers can also offer personalised services such as cooking and cleaning. This improves their quality of life and allows them to do the things they enjoy.

Transportation services

A good way to combat limited mobility is to arrange for a senior transportation service. Then your elderly loved ones will not miss their medical and other

Family support

A little effort can go a long way to show love and support for your ageing loved ones with limited mobility. Even just calling once a day to say hello can do wonders to combat loneliness and depression often felt by homebound individuals.

If your home is far away, consider scheduling a Zoom or Skype chat with your loved one once a week so you can see each other face-to-face.

Dementia care

If your elderly family member or loved ones faces some sort of dementia or debilitating illness, a senior caregiver trained in handling this challenge can benefit
the senior, and give peace of mind.

Home renovations

If your elderly parents or loved ones live in homes that do not have access to aids that can make for easier living, renovations must be made to make the homes elderly-friendly such as grab bars in toilets and along walls for support. Other modifications for successful elderly living are anti-slip bathroom and floor tiles, as well as personal alarms to seek help when in trouble.As the elderly may often struggle with financial matters, they may also need help with their banking needs.

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