Some elderly individuals move out of their homes and into a nursing home or another type of assisted living facility that provides the care and assistance they need to safely live out their golden years. However, this lifestyle is becoming less popular.
Nowadays, seniors are increasingly choosing to stay at their own home, preferring to age in place. However, this option does not eliminate an elderly individual’s need for some form of care and assistance. Some seniors are fortunate enough to get the help they need from a family member whereas others may need to seek help from a professional caregiver.
Regardless of whoever is helping out, it is important that seniors aging in place still maintain some independence over their lives. After all, that is one reason why many elderly individuals choose to age at home.
With the following steps, you can help ensure that your senior loved ones can lead safe, independent lives at home.
1.Create a Safe Living Environment
Seniors have an increased risk for falling and may not have the strength needed to get around the home as well as they used to. By working to make your loved one’s home a safe living environment, you can help them remain independent, allowing them to move around the home more easily without help.
For example, remove tripping hazards like throw rugs, and add non-slip matting to slippery surfaces so that seniors have traction.
2.Upgrade the Home
When creating a safer home, you may need to make certain upgrades. Install handrails in stairways and hallways to provide seniors with something to grab onto as they walk around. In the bathroom, add grab bars to provide support which can be especially helpful given the high risk of falls in this room.
3.Make Contents Accessible
When elderly individuals can easily access their personal belongings and contents, their lives are not only easier but safer as well. There is no need to get on a stool to reach high shelves or to bend down to reach low drawers. Knowing this, help your loved ones organize their items so that it is easier to grab what they need. For example, keep everyday contents like clothing and drinkware between eye and waist level so that seniors do not struggle with grabbing what they need.
4.Invest in Practical Clothes
Getting dressed is a seemingly easy everyday task, but it can be difficult for seniors. Buttons and zippers can be tough for elderly individuals to use. Take the time to go through your loved one’s wardrobe and see what clothing items are and aren’t working well for them. Then buy clothing that is easier for them to wear, such as pants with elastic waistbands. Socks with rubber gripping on the soles can also be helpful to wear around the home as they provide traction.
5.Use Smart Technology
A great thing about the various smart devices available nowadays is they make life easier, especially for seniors who want to be more independent. With voice-activated home smart devices, you can easily lock doors, make phone calls, check the weather, and play music with the sound of your voice.
6.Engage in Physical Exercise
Seniors need to exercise their bodies to maintain and build their strength. This will also help make it easier for them to lead independent lives. Whether taking a walk around the neighborhood or doing a couple reps of chair exercises, the physical activity will be good for your elderly loved one.
7.Stimulate Your Brain
Your brain is also a muscle, so seniors need to exercise their minds. Elderly individuals can easily get mental stimulation by reading a book, doing word puzzles, playing board games, and more.
8.Encourage Social Activities
Part of living an independent life is engaging in activities you want to pursue. Seniors may not do this as often, instead staying at home and isolating themselves. Help your elderly loved ones find events that provide both enjoyment and socialization.
9.Make Sure Seniors Have a Say
It is crucial that seniors have the opportunity to make decisions and be involved in their own care. So give elderly individuals the chance to make their voice heard.
For example, ask what seniors would like to eat. Give them a chance to partake in the cooking process even if they can only do minimal work. If they need to get some exercise, ask them what kind of physical activity they would prefer.
10.Create a Schedule
When seniors have daily structure, they have a higher sense of purpose and are not left wondering how to fill their days. So do not hesitate to help your elderly loved ones create a schedule on either a weekly or monthly basis. This can also ensure that seniors take the time they need to exercise, socialize, and attend appointments.
Senior Companion and Elderly Care Services from Assisting Hands Home Care
While it is nice that some seniors are able to stay at home to live out their golden years, oftentimes they are living alone.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we can help seniors living alone through our companion care services. These services include both elderly care and companionship. Our professional caregivers will help when needed, providing home care that allows seniors to maintain some independence. We will also be their companions, spending quality time with the seniors we care for.
With our elderly care and companionship services, you can feel at ease knowing that your elderly loved one has a caregiver around for when they need help and/or someone to spend time with.
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