There’s no place like home.
We know how much independence and respect mean to older people, so making decisions about relatives’ futures is a difficult and daunting decision. Although it is the most common assumption, transferring them into a care home isn’t the only solution or often the ideal solution to assure their comfort, integrity and safety.
Here are a couple of suggestions to help seniors remain in the comfort of their own home:
The areas most associated with accidents are the kitchen, bathroom and stairs, however it is simple to recognise any hazards and react accordingly. Install grab bars around the shower, bath and toilet area for balance, and if possible replace bathtubs/showers with walk in tubs/showers. Also remember to set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or below.
Avoid any decorative features that could contribute to accidents such as rugs and ornaments and consider a chairlift for the stairs.
2. Planning ahead
Although some of the precautions above may not be necessary now, think ahead to how you may be able to make the house even safer. It is better to action these safety features early to avoid rushed jobs or untimely incidents.
Programme your numbers and any emergency numbers into your relative’s landline and mobile, plus have a list handy on the fridge. Digital tablets such as iPads are a great way to keep in touch through email and Skype, whilst online shopping and entertainment apps such as Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Netflix are perfect for shopping, news updates and passing time. Our carers can always help with the technical side if relatives are struggling.
Home security is incredibly important. Ensure alarm systems are working and correct – our carers are always happy to check security systems are still functioning regularly. Windows, doors and garage doors should be easy to lock and unlock as well as completely accessible and devoid of obstacles. Any equipment such as canes, wheelchairs, walkers etc should be accessible yet out of the way.
Daily Care or Live-in Care ensures that your relative can stay in the comfort of their own home, whilst being cared for by kind, highly-qualified and experienced carers. One-to-one care means that your relative will have respectful, observant and friendly company in a consistent manner, whether that is live-in care or daily visits. Personal care and help with dressing, bathing and medication means that the daily routine will be as smooth as possible, with food preparation and housekeeping duties also undertaken by the carer. Elderly parents, relatives and friends will have the independence and respect they desire, yet also the support and care that they need, giving both of you peace of mind.