Each and every day around 10,000 people turn 65-year-old. They are the Baby Boomers. This generation really brings to light the lack of services available to our seniors. It also shines light on the necessity of planning for our future, and the lifestyle we hope to enjoy.
Healthcare costs a lot, so many of us want to try and age in place. But aging in place requires some help, and the foresight to access that help at the right time.
There are several factors to consider, such as safety and security to lifestyle and social interaction. Here are a few things to consider when helping your loved one age in place.
Securing the Home
One of the most important steps a family can take is a good inventory of the house; finding and removing any potential hazards that may stand in their loved one’s way.
Are there any unnecessary rugs or flooring that could contribute to trip or fall? How about those electrical wires from those lamps or fans, are they properly tucked way? Is the home adequately lit?
Studies show that an 80-year-old needs about three times as much light as young adults. In poorly lit areas, an older person may not see these potential hazards.
There are also a number of tools that can help seniors to navigate their home comfortably as they age. Grab bars in the shower or an elevated toilet seat can help with ease of use, while a hand-held showerhead and bath stool enhance stability and confidence.
Meeting Health Care Needs
It’s never too soon to access the health services your loved one may need because this can enhance their quality of life. Whether as simple as bathing, laundry or preparing a healthy home-cooked meal, a little help can go a long way in keeping them feeling independent.
Bringing in a professional to help with these everyday services or finding an assisted living home where they can age-in-place can provide peace of mind, and help promote social interaction, warding off the feeling of isolation.
For more information on assisted living homes, contact Spring Arbor.