It’s a no-brainer that as long as it’s safe and comfortable for them to do so, elderly people should live independently, managing their own lifestyles as far as possible. Putting them in care can be a heartbreaking and uncomfortable decision, and one which signals the final stages of an old person’s life, so it’s understandable that many people choose to help their elderly relatives live unassisted for as long as possible: here’s how you’ll be able to do it.
Then there are additions that can be made to an elderly relative’s home. Grab bars & rails are perfect for all frequented rooms in a house, helping prevent falls. Grab bars can be easily and cheaply installed, whether you’re enabling easy access to washing through shower grab bars or an easy-to-use toilet safety frame that ensures elderly people are able to go about their hygiene particulars without hurting themselves. Around the entrance hall and most-frequented walkways, it’s a simple addition to have a handrail to prop oneself upon while, if there are stairs in a home, a stairlift might be one of the better options for older people to avoid dangerous stair climbs.
A care home offers around-the-clock care in a safe environment for older people to inhabit. It’s secure, safe and comfortable. But when it comes to older people in their own homes, you’ll still be able to organize and pay for live-in or visiting care to help them do some of the tedious work that elderly people find it increasingly difficult to do alone. Home-visiting carersare a nice middle-ground for concerned family members who want to retain the autonomy of elderly relatives without leaving them totally alone.
Another similar option is to install an alarm system for elderly people to contact the emergency services, a care provider, and the family in the event of a fall or serious illnesses. The can be worn around the neck, placed on a smartphone app, or placed around the house in the recognizable alarm-pull system. All these measures help give family members peace of mind and remove the stress of constantly being in contact with aging family members in case they’re unwell. Again, it’s a sensible middle ground between legitimate worry and the kind of constant attention that a care home grants.
The most important factor in all of this is communication: creating a healthy and open dialogue between the elderly people concerned and the family members who only have their best interests at heart. Of course there will be resistance to help – elderly people regularly feel a burden on others- but persuading them that you are there to look out for them and that it’s no issue whatsoever will go some way towards persuading them that measures ought to be taken to guarantee their safety. One day you may have to have the care home conversation, but with open communication, that will be easier to conduct.
Elderly people living outside a care home need measures in place to guarantee their safety, and this guide details some of those to grant family members peace of mind.