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Programs and Devices To Help Individuals Age At Home

Just as your parents “child-proofed” the home for you and perhaps for their grandchildren, as they age, it’s time for you to look to “age-proofing” the home for your aging parents. The largest segment of the population today is senior citizens and they are increasingly looking to remain independent. Along with this is their desire to remain in their homes as long as they can.

If you find that your aging parents are determined to stay in their homes, there are steps you can take to make that possible but it will require cooperation on the part of your parents and siblings. If you have a sibling or family member that lives close by and is willing to take on the responsibility of caring for and helping out the senior in your life, it may be possible for them to extend the time they’re able to stay at home.

There are many devices, equipment and senior programs available that can make it possible for your loved ones to live at home even longer than possible. Spend some time researching the programs that are available in your particular area and then begin the process of equipping the aging parents home with assistive devices as a way to make it possible for them to stay in the home.

When it comes to devices, you can pick up items that are specially designed for individuals who may have gripping or arthritic hands such as kitchen gadgets, dressing aids and easy grip garden and kitchen utensils. “Grabbers” – those items that grip onto items that are on high level shelves also make it possible for the aging adult to reach items on top shelves without having to use a ladder or step stool. Another way to make it easier for the aging adult is by moving items to lower easier-to-reach shelves so that neither reaching nor stooping to lower shelves is necessary.

Look into lift chairs to get the senior from the first floor to the second, support handrails in hallways, walk-in bath tubs and showers equipped with safety seats. In addition to these items look into senior support programs such as: transportation providers, Meals-on-Wheels programs and home medical alert systems such as LifeFone.

A home medical alerts system come with a home medical alert bracelet or pendant which – if the button is pressed, in the event of a slip, fall or other medical emergency, help is alerted and your aging relatives’ medical needs are quickly addressed. A medical alert help button is an excellent safety net for an elderly individual who has fallen and cannot get to a telephone. It also relieves the worry of the individual being unable to remember which number to call or having to fumble around for the telephone when they are ill or injured.

Even if there comes a time when the aging parent needs to move from his or her home into an assisted living facility, the LifeFone medical alert system moves right along to the new location, offering round the clock peace of mind for both the elderly and the family member.

4 Alternatives to Assisted Living

America’s senior citizens are living longer more active lives, and have fast become the largest-growing sector of society. With a ballooning population, thanks to advances in medical science, better access to health care and better living conditions, more living options are available for the elderly outside of assisted living facilities.

  1. Staying at Home: One of the most disconcerting fears regarding aging among the elderly is the loss of ability to live independently. Ideally, most elderly individuals would prefer to live their remaining years in the comfort of their own homes. Those requiring daily assistance are finding it easier to manage their lifestyle by buying a medic alert system, relying on a part-time caregiver and hiring someone to help with the cleaning and shopping. With a few extra costs, staying at home is becoming a viable option for some elderly.
  2. Combining Staying at home with Adult Day Care: Some elderly individuals require more hands on care during the day. For them, adult day care facilities are available. These facilities combine medical, nursing and therapeutic services with fun daily activities and meal services. Spending the day in a stimulating environment with the ability to return to the comfort of their own bed at night, allows many seniors the control and stability they crave.
  3. Senior Communities: Individual apartments inhabited by the 55+ community for the more social elderly crowd offers social activities, meals and assistance with daily activities depending on the level of need. Elderly adults can maintain their own living space while having the comfort of knowing help is available at the push of a medic alert button.
  4. Independent Living Centers: Following a major surgery, a stroke or any other debilitating injury, Independent Living Centers provide intensive physical therapy to assist individuals to relearn everyday skills. These facilities are similar to adult day care in that they provide daily care for the elderly, while still allowing them to return to their own household at night. Therapy is also administered daily as opposed to receiving care two or three times a week.

Choosing how to spend remaining years is a delicate decision that should be assessed by the individual whenever possible.  As with all mentioned lifestyles, seniors determine what is most practical for them by assessing their health, mobility and finances. Having choices provides peace of mind, comfort and security during a time of important decision making.