As our loved ones age, they dread the thought of leaving home and moving into an assisted living arrangement. It is specially difficult for loved ones suffering from Dementia. Most of the loved ones would do anything to stay in their own house or as we call “Aging In Place”. We as responsible kids should do everything to make that a reality, within reasons.
I say, within reasons, because who is to decide whether leaving the aging loved one, home by themselves is a good thing. Weather it is a good decision or not, one thing is certain: Their homes more than often are not up to the mark for meeting the needs of “Aging In Place”. Assisted Living facilities offer safety, socialization, personal care which is hard to duplicate in the existing homes. When you throw Alzheimer or other dementia into the mix, it makes it for more challenging time in the home.
Most families find themselves fatigued and directionless on how to carry on with the loved ones “In Home” request.
Giving up is not an option, but families need serenity and a tranquil atmosphere at home. With the right support and modifications to the home environment, they can often keep their promise of “No Assisted Living” while protecting the essence of “own home.”
Simplifying the home by removing “extra” choices makes it more functional by eliminating the decision process.
There are a few things you can do to make their home ready for “Aging In Place”:
- Ensure a Safe Living Environment: A Safe Living environment not only eliminates your worries but also promotes individualism or freedom for your aging loved one. Doing simple things around the home like:
- Putting Shower Mats prevent falling hazards
- Replace over head showers with hand held shower head wands
- Remove all throw rugs, torn carpets, extension cords that can cause tripping
- Ensure night lights are installed all around the house
- Set the water heater temperature at or a little below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid scalding
- All medication should be concealed and expired and unwanted medicines disposed of properly
- All weapons should be locked in safes
- Power tools should be removed if considered hazardous and not “safe” for them to use
- Simplify their surroundings:
- Remove clutter, as that can cause confusion as they might put stuff in the wrong place
- Clear walkways of any extra furniture
- Reduce their choices, clothing option and dishware should be considered
- Label the drawer or cabinets For e.g., that contains socks
- Make regular use items accessible by putting them in easy to access location
Doing these bare minimum things in and around your loved ones home would give confidence to them and put your mind at ease. We at Assisting Hands Home Care, can help with all of the above as our caregivers are professionally trained to handle Alzheimer and Dementia patients with utmost care. We make “Aging In Place” a Piece of Cake for you and your aging loved ones.
Feel free to call us at 262-721-1155 for a FREE In Home Assessment, to gauge the safety of your home for your aging loved one. You can also contact us by clicking here.