Occasionally, a simple concept comes along and rocks the prevailing paradigm. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity. SCORE (formerly Service Corps of Retired Executives) was one such concept. Seniors Helping Seniors is another. Both draw on willing and able seniors to provide a vital service. The former is a volunteer service, while the latter a fee-based service. Most of the Seniors Helping Seniors employees were initially just looking for a volunteer opportunity — something to keep them active and connected — but being a senior helper also enables them to make a little extra money to help cover their own expenses.
As an independent senior, you may need a little help around the house — some light housekeeping or gardening, routine home maintenance, or someone to drive you to run errands or visit the doctor. Perhaps you’ve considered moving into assisted living just to relieve yourself of some of these chores. You don’t want to leave your familiar home, but you also don’t want to always have to rely on family or friends to provide help when you need it. A home care service removes the false choice between assisted living and not receiving any help at all.
A Helper Who Understands You
Whether you need a little or a lot of help, Seniors Helping Seniors might be just the thing to keep you in your home. Many services can provide in-home care, but Seniors Helping Seniors provides someone who understands you — one of your peers.
Younger people move at lightning speed, and you don’t want to feel “left behind.” The younger generations seem to speak another language; with their “LOLs” and “OMGs,” you may feel like you’d need to hire a translator as well. Other seniors, on the other hand, speak your language: They know what Betamax, 8-track tapes, floppy diskettes, CRTs, and rabbit ears are. They won’t laugh when you pop in a Tom Jones CD (or album), and they can cook “real food.” They didn’t grow up on meals from Chef Mike, the microwave; that’s why kitchen floor plans include burners and an oven. They “get” you, and you “get” them — without explanation. They’re companions as well as helpers.
Helpers Minimize Your Risk of Falling
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries [among seniors].” If you don’t have help around the house, you may be taking unnecessary chances. For example, standing on a stepladder or a footstool to change a light bulb puts you at risk of losing your balance and falling. Independent seniors need to minimize their risks for falls in order to maintain an independent lifestyle. A helper can be a small price to pay for continuing independence.
If you’ve been putting off getting help around the house, you might warm to the idea of letting one of your contemporaries help you. During down time, you may be able to explore hobbies together, learn about social media, or play some computer brain games.
If you don’t want to call on the same family and friends repeatedly, Seniors Helping Seniors can provide your secret weapon to continuing independence. Parents and their children are born to worry about each other, but when you proactively guard your independence, you can make your life easier and relieve the worry of your loved ones.