If a loved one is adamant about staying at home for as long as they can during older age, and when they can no longer physically, but financially care for their residence, some products and safety equipment may be employed to make this arrangement a powerful journey for everybody.
Products and Technological Equipment
The following technology may be used to create a senior loved one’s home safe and accessible and help them with independently completing activities of daily living:
– Emergency response system (an electronic device designed to summon help in an emergency)
– Risers for toilet seats
– Adequate lighting throughout the house, including nighttime lights
– Medicine organizer or alerted dispenser
– Medicine droppers and spoons
– Specialized dinnerware to enable simpler eating
– Single-lever faucets for kitchen and baths
– Touch-tone phones with large numbers, speaker or hands-free capacities, and/or text capacity for people that are deaf or hard of hearing (TTY or TDD)
– Talking clocks and wristwatches for individuals with bad eyesight
– Low vision gear to aid with reading and other tasks
– Kitchen tools which make opening bottles and cans, peeling potatoes, and cutting and dicing vegetables simpler and safer
– Ensure appliances have easy-to-use controls and automated shut-off capacities
– “Reachers” or pincher-like devices for men and women that have a weak grasp or restricted mobility to eliminate bending over or having to reach for items
– Ramps for entryways with measures for safer access
– Stair lifts for multi-story homes
– Mobility equipment for those who have trouble getting around the home (rollator, walker, cane, etc.)
– Baskets or other accessories for mobility equipment to help in carrying food and other things
– Lift chairs for people with difficulty getting in and from a seated posture
– A listing of who to call in the event of an emergency to keep by the telephone
Professionals and Services to Assist with Home Safety
Caregivers, loved ones, and seniors do not have to go it alone during tough times. Apart from realizing that assistance is available for the elderly, it is necessary to understand when it is time to find it out. If adaptive equipment has assisted your loved one, but they still require more help or supervision, there are various services available, such as:
Respite care alleviates a family caregiver of the responsibilities for varying intervals. Home healthcare offers assistance with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, personal care, etc. Nurses are also available to provide skilled care, such as administering drugs, IVs, and dressing wounds when needed.
Home companies can help with light housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation transportation and much more to ease the pain for loved ones and the elderly and to eliminate everyday hassle.
Physical therapists may make home visits to give physiotherapy sessions. An occupational therapist can help assess your loved one’s house to identify hazards and recommend adaptations, equipment, and technology to improve the safety and availability of their surroundings in every room of the home, making it fall proof and safe for elderly movement.
Transport services can be found in many places to provide seniors with rides to medical appointments and other transport needs when they cannot get around themselves.And if needed, 24-hour skilled nursing is suitable for those who require around-the-clock care.
When using the above techniques and advanced technology in elderly homes, provides for the older person’s security and well-being, and permits them to live at home for much longer — adding reassurance to the health professional and other loving family members during difficult and transitioning times.