Caregivers have made it possible for many elderly people to age in their own home. Staying at home is a tremendous advantage for many of our loved ones. They are more comfortable at home. Many have social networks and church families that help support them. In short, aging at home promotes both physical and mental well-being. If someone you know opts to stay at home, here are some things that can help keep him/her safe and comfortable.
- Home equipment and/or modifications may be needed. Replacing a tub with a shower and/or purchasing a shower stool can make bathing easier. Others may need a raised toilet or a lift chair. Many elderly people find carpet easier for walking (ditch the rugs). Ramps are easier to navigate than steps, especially for a walker and wheelchair. Think about the mobility of your loved one and the home environment. Then, go from there to decide if home renovations or medical equipment could make it easier for them to age at home.
- Dressing becomes more difficult as flexibility decreases. It’s difficult for arthritic hands to fasten buttons and hooks. Likewise, bending and raising limbs can be challenging for the elderly. Yet, older people are faced with changing clothes multiple times in a day due to medical appointments. Check out Patient Scrubs® for convenience and comfort. These two-piece garments look like regular scrubs, so they can be worn everywhere. There’s no need to change clothes for medical appointments because snaps allow complete access to the body while maintaining modesty. And the design makes dressing a breeze.
- Gadgets can make life easier for seniors as they age. Big-button cell phones, graspers for opening jars and lids, timers, reminders, monitoring devices, etc. can all ease the tasks of daily living. Research solutions for tasks that are difficult for your loved one.
- Home care services can ease your workload. Don’t try to go it alone when you are responsible for taking care of an elderly relative. As health and mobility decrease, your workload increases. Get help. Cleaning the home, laundry, cooking, transportation and other services can be acquired from individual service providers. Or, you can talk with one of your local home care companies about a range of services that can enable your loved one to stay at home.
- Assisted living or a nursing home may be needed. Although you strive to keep your loved one at home, some medical treatments require round-the-clock nursing care. Thus, some elderly need more care than can be provided at home. Many people feel guilty for placing their loved one in a facility. Try to let go of your guilt. You make the best decision possible, and then you have to stop rethinking it. You and other family members can still be with your loved one every day to make sure he/she is cared for to the best of your ability.