Do you have an ageing friend or family member and you’re looking to help them ease into retirement or you’re on the hunt for solutions to their everyday issues, including mobility? Look no further – here are some great ways to help upgrade your loved one’s home to make it easier for them to stay in their own home longer, without having to move into a retirement complex or elderly care home.
Installation of stairlifts is one of the best ways to help prolong independence in the home for ageing populations. There are a huge number of different stairlift solutions on the market today, with various shapes, sizes and styles to fit almost any home or need. These will help your loved one be able to keep sleeping in their own bed, instead of having to start sleeping downstairs, something that everyone prefers. Stairlifts will help your loved one be able to navigate the stairs with simplicity and ease and means they can go on continuing to enjoy their independence much longer than if they weren’t using a stairlift.
In Home Carers
An expensive option but a good one for those elderly friends and relatives who may need more support than you’re able to provide yourself. In home carers can be organised to do only an hour here or there to ensure everything is fine or they can be employed as full time live-in caregivers who work with you and the family to ensure your loved one is getting full time care and assistance that they need. This can be a great option for those who live rurally or who are seriously opposed to going into a retirement home. Carers can be arranged on a huge variety of schedules and provide a wide variety of services, so check with your local caring agencies to see what suits your loved one best.
Akin to the ‘Meals on Wheels’ services they have in North America, food delivery companies or organisations are normally local charities or groups of volunteers who spend a few hours a day helping to cook and delivery nutritious, homemade meals to those either in need of help, or to those who are no longer able to cook for themselves. Having an option such as this is a great way to prolong the health of your loved one, ensuring they get the meals they need, when they need them if you’re unable to devote the level of time required to fulfilling this need yourself. Check out your local church groups or councils to see if there is such a group of volunteers or charities in your area and start getting your loved one the food and nutrition they need.
There you have a couple of great ways you can help your ageing loved ones retain independence and health for longer than you may think. Installation of a stairlift is a great way to help them to continue accessing the upper levels of their home while other services like carers and food deliveries will help them have support and assistance in other areas they need. So get in contact with your local groups today and see how any one of these can help your loved one in need.