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.