These days it seems that our elderly population is not just increasing but also living longer. While this is great for things like providing stories of the past to younger generations and generally giving our families a sense of depth and appreciation, it can be a struggle for things like health services and residential care homes to keep up with demand. While care homes seem like the best solution to helping deal with ageing populations, they can’t carry the brunt of it alone. With more of our elderly populations staying in their own homes later and later either by choice or necessity due to lack of options, it can be a daunting task for families, friends and communities to provide sufficient in home care and help. So what are some easy ways you can help your loved one stay in their home longer? Here are some top ideas.
Install A Stairlift
Installing a stairlift can be a great way to help your family member stay at home longer and with more independence. A stairlift can make stairs easier, allowing your loved one to sleep in their own bed, access the upper level of their home and more. Not only is this important in remaining in their home, but it helps provide them a sense of independence and comfort – both of which are hugely important as we age. Stairlifts don’t have to be cumbersome and expensive either, and with many different varieties out there including curved and small stairlifts, you can find the perfect fit for any staircase.
Make Small Adjustments
Making small adjustments around the home is a great way to make changes today to help your loved one tomorrow and into the future. Small adjustments like removing potential slip hazards such as rugs or adding rubber soles to them can be a huge help. If you can’t find rubber soles to add to rugs, consider purchasing a yoga mat and cutting it to fit. You can make small stitches in the rug to help hold it to the mat or glue it down. Just be sure not to leave any really large spaces between rug and mat that slippers or feet can get caught in. Other small adjustments include moving commonly used household items into lower, easier to reach spaces or cabinets and installing suction cup railings into showers, by toilets and in other areas that your loved one may need help in getting up and down in.
Hire A Live In Caregiver
When in doubt, a live in caregiver can be a great help to those staying in their homes. Particularly useful for those who live in rural areas or for those who don’t have as much help as they’d like in their family or friends due to work schedules or distances, a live in caregiver can give everyone some much needed relief and support. If living in the city, consider a caregiver that comes in just once or twice a day to help with small jobs like cooking or cleaning or administering medications if they are complex.
So there you have a couple of great ways you can help your loved one stay in their home longer. With more and more options becoming available all the time, the future is bright for the elderly wishing to remain at home.