Most seniors – given the choice – would prefer to live in their own homes rather than move into a retirement facility. But if they are living alone, you may understandably worry. Yes, you want them to be happy, but you also want them to be safe.
The following are three safety tips to consider, that may help your elderly loved ones to safely age at home.
1. Invest in Technology
Talk to your senior loved one about how comfortable they would be with installing some in-home or wearable sensors. There are a number of technological gadgets that can send an alert to your cell phone in the event of a fall or some other difficulty. This helps give you peace of mind while helping your senior loved one maintain their independence.
2. Consider a Home Renovation
If mobility and balance are starting to become issues, there are some simple home renovations that may be done to help your senior stay safe in their home and make everyday tasks easier. These include things like installing ramps, lowering kitchen cupboards, and installing support bars in the bathroom.
3. Hire a Home Care Companion
Having a home care companion to check-in on your senior loved one not only helps ensure their safety, but it can also relieve a lot of the stress and worries that you might be feeling about them being on their own. A home care companion can make sure your loved one remembers to take their medication; that they are eating properly; and that they are getting at least some exercise. This can also be a tremendous benefit to their mental health as companionship helps reduce their loneliness and depression.
The job of a home care companion can be custom-tailored to the needs of your senior loved one and can include anything from helping with grocery runs to assisting with bathing.
If you have a senior in your life who is still able to live on their own, but who might need a little extra help, contact Vera Home Care today for a consultation.