Senior Care in Houston: Promoting Independent Living for the Elderly

Why is it that you were in a hurry to grow up when you were a kid, but you suddenly miss your younger days when you’ve finally reached adulthood? This is one of the biggest realizations that people face as they get older. On the other hand, it brings into mind another question: why is it that most people dread getting old?

The fear is not really in the change of appearance, but in the loss of some abilities to do things independently. For others, it is the worry of being abandoned by loved ones to fend for themselves. An article by Julie Makinen for the Los Angeles Times highlights the predicament facing the elderly and their family:

Kleenex in hand, the retired farmer in the purple plaid shirt perched behind the plaintiff’s table in a rural courtroom and wept as she complained to the judge about her eldest son. For the last year and a half, 78-year old Li Lanyu said, she’s been asking him to visit and provide her with grain and cooking oil. “The son has forgotten the mother!” she shouted, burying her face in her hands.

China's 'visit your parents' law weighs on many in one-child nation

This is an offshoot of China’s ‘visit your parents’ law that mandates family members to attend to the needs of their elders and visit them often. The law may be unique for China but the intention can have universal applications even in the U.S., where people may be too busy to take care of the elderly. In fact, in urban centers like Houston, the largest city in Texas where there’s a growing number of the senior population, this can also be a concern.

Fortunately, there are ways to address this problem, such as employing services for senior care in Houston. It’s not about putting your loved ones in nursing homes, but letting them live independently right in their own homes with the help of caregivers. You don’t need any laws to do this, but only love and concern for the elderly.

Houston senior care services include live-in or 24-hour care that provide preparation of meals, laundry services, housekeeping, grocery shopping, and other needs of the elderly. These are offered by care providers like Comfort Keepers® of Sugar Land, TX. China may need a law to take care of their elderly, but senior care services is available for everyone in need in Houston and nearby communities.

(From China’s ‘visit your parents’ law weighs on many in one-child nation, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2013)