A friend in need is a friend indeed. An old saying. Speaking of which, the older the person becomes, the more this need pangs. By the time a senior man or woman enters his or her seventieth year, he or she enters a critical stage of his or her life. Instead of referring to this era as a golden age, the negative or, really, quite frightened let off a dejected shudder and muse silently that it is all downhill from here.
Even in reasonably good health physically and with all mental faculties still firmly intact, well, for most of the time anyway because advanced ageing will still bring its natural deteriorations (mental to physical co-ordination will be a good example), it is a critical time as the old man or woman watches and hears of those he or she once knew well from his or her generation, one by one, falling by the wayside.
Do spare a thought for those who have no current alternative other than to live alone and endeavor to be as self-reliant as possible. While it will always have its sobering moments, loneliness could be adjusted to. But in most cases, perhaps not. A good thought perhaps will be assisted living at home services. These will be professional services and are being offered at different levels, depending on the immediate and most important needs of the elderly person (or even couple) living alone.
The service will go beyond medical and housekeeping care. A live-in professional will also be providing propped up companionship for those who crave it. While the dedicated services are entirely professional, it must be borne in mind that it is, perhaps more importantly, vocational. It takes a special man or woman to provide this service.