Four Ways You Can Support Your Loved Ones As They Age. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can make their home safer and happier for them:
Think About Additions To Their Home
There may be ways you can help them by adding things to their home that they didn’t need before. For example, a stairlift could be a good way of helping them get up and down the stairs, or a support bar in the bath could help them when they are using the bathroom. There are many ways you can adapt a home now, it’s just about asking them or identifying what they need to help them live at home. If the solutions on offer aren’t right you may want to consider a move to Golden Years.
Install An Alarm System
Having an alarm system in their home could help you and them have peace of mind when you’re not around to support them. If they are living alone and are considered vulnerable, it should be something that you add as soon as you can. There are alarms that you can get that send you an alarm but also alert emergency services when they need them.
Think About Downsizing
If your loved one is still living in a multi-story home, you may want to move them to a small, one-level property. It will help them to navigate their home better and it also means that you don’t need to worry about them climbing any stairs. If they don’t want to move, you might look for adaptations such as installing a bathroom downstairs and using a room downstairs for their bedroom. If you have the space at your home, you may think about doing this to your home so they can have support.
De-clutter Their Home
This is the perfect time to de-clutter their home and ensure they only have what they need. It will help them to stay organized and it will prevent them from getting frustrated when they can’t find what they need. Even having too many knives and forks can be troublesome for loved ones as they age. If their home is organized and minimized, they are also able to prevent trips and falls from happening. Make sure you talk to your loved one about what you are doing, they might want to help you sort out what they would like to store, donate, or get rid of. Having their home organized will help them in the long run, especially if they need more support in the future.
These four tips will help you to look after your loved one and their home when they need a little more support. Do you have any other ideas that could help? Please share some of them in the comments below.