Caring for Family in Honor of National Older Americans Month

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Getting older isn’t something people want to do, but with the help of family, the transition is easier.

“Everyone has to pitch in because we don’t know when she is going to have another stroke and she can’t be alone during one. That’s the most important thing. She doesn’t ever know when she going to have one,” explains Beth Bourgeois, who is caring for her grandmother.

Bourgeois moved her family into her grandmother’s house three years ago to care for her grandmother, Othell Stewart. Although there have been some challenges, the two say ‘it’s just what family does’.
“I guess everything is fine living together, we don’t have that many arguments or fights do we?” asks Stewart.

But there are things that families can do in order to make the transition easier.

“There are a easy fixes and many are under $500 dollars. Things like installing grab bars near the toilet or in the shower, removing clutter from hallways and redirecting wires and cords can reduce a fall,” says Liz Woodard, the Community Service Rep and Marketing Director for Home Instead Senior Care.

The month of June is National Safety Month and to celebrate Home Instead Senior Care is offering free at home safety checks. To sign up for one of these checks call 334-699-6815.