After the loss of your partner, it can be hard to learn to live alone again. As the surviving spouse, you may have to take on more responsibilities to ensure that you and your home are well taken care of. For many people, this could be the first time they are truly living on their own. When it comes to living alone, there are a number of things you may need to handle yourself.

The Surviving Spouse Has More Chores

Chores and other duties of the home are often split up among partners. When a partner passes, it can often be challenging for the surviving spouse to take on all of the responsibilities of home maintenance. In many cases, you may have never had to learn how to do some of these tasks. It is not uncommon for widows and widowers to learn new skills, such as doing the laundry or loading the dishwasher.

Paying the Bills

Some spouses will split the responsibilities of bill payment. While one takes care of the mortgage, the other may handle the utilities. Hopefully, your loved one was organized and kept a record of important account numbers and passwords. Otherwise, you may find it challenging to pay bills and make changes to those accounts as needed.

Cooking as the Surviving Spouse

Cooking meals may not always be a split job in the house. It is not uncommon for the surviving spouse to be left unable to cook for themselves. Additionally, some surviving partners find it difficult to cook for one person. After years of cooking for 2 or more people, portioning out for one plate can be awkward.

Finding Assistance

It’s OK to ask for help when it’s needed. Your children and grandchildren may be able to assist you in keeping the house in order and adapting to living alone. If you feel like you need more help throughout your daily life than your loved ones can provide, you should consider hiring assistance. A Home Health Aide is a professional that assists the elderly and the disabled in daily care, medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and more. Additionally, they provide companionship throughout the day and can help make your home feel less lonely.

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