The scope of elderly care varies depending on the exact age, physical and psychological condition, the medical needs and other necessities of a person. Most families prioritize medical needs and day-to-day chores. Personal care, companionship, and housekeeping are definitely the most common aspects of elderly care. Emotional assistance is accounted for in companionship. However, for elderly care to be truly holistic, there has to be a varying degree of mobility assistance. This is not within the scope of personal care wherein an elderly person is helped to move around in the house. This is also not confined to chores that involve mobility, such as driving to and from a clinic or taking the elderly out for a while in the evening.
Elderly care should account for unscheduled mobility assistance. When we talk about the emotional wellbeing of an elderly person who is not that independent or self-dependent any more to go anywhere they want, it is mostly limited to companionship and chores. Mobility assistance cannot be limiting in the context of freedom, chores or choice. It should have the provisions for the fulfillment of the desire of an elderly person. Just as a young and healthy person can move around as, how and when they want, an elderly person may also have the urge to go somewhere at a specific point in time and this is what a caregiver must facilitate.
The reason why a professional caregiver is appointed for an elderly person is to facilitate activities that family members may not have the time for or might lack the expertise of. A professional caregiver should be consulted and it should be mutually agreed upon that elderly care will include mobility assistance beyond the ordinary. There may be some financial implications in such scenarios but they are assuredly worthwhile.