Many elderly patients deteriorate mentally or physically in the hospital, even if they recover from the original illness or injury that brought them there. Helping seniors adjust after a hospital stay requires adjusting to a new way of life.

Many older adults are able to remain in their home as they age. However, that doesn’t mean that they are always able to get around their homes as easily as they once did. Mobility issues are an unfortunate side effect of aging and can impact a senior’s level of independence and make daily responsibilities much more challenging.

When an elderly parent wants to remain in their own home, most adult children will do all that they can to make that possible. When a parent has mobility issues, however, many children throw in the towel and decide that “aging in place” simply isn’t possible.

Caring for an aging parent is challenging – emotionally and physically. Even if your parent has a paid caregiver who comes into their home or they live in nursing home, you likely still spend a great deal of time with them. And when you aren’t with your parent, they are always on your mind.

There is never a reason a senior should have to settle for less than quality health care. While having to advocate for quality health care of an elderly parent is something many adult children in the United States are doing, when possible, seniors should be advocating for themselves, as well.