Whether you have just assumed responsibility for a loved one that needs some assistance or you have been taking care of them for a while these tips will help you in your quest to keep your loved one independent and living at home for as long as possible.
Redesign Their Living Space
Nobody wants to grow older and saying let’s move the furniture around doesn’t sound as fun as remodel or redesign. The truth of the matter is that when someone gets older the more open space they have the better. This helps to keep the house organized and helps to protect against falls.
Move the furniture up against the wall so that it doesn’t slide on your loved one when they go to sit down. Another great idea is to install some home medical equipment in like the Stander Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar. This product can be placed anywhere in the home including the bathroom. Another product is Stander’s Assist-A-Tray which can be placed on a couch or a recliner and helps a person have something to hold on to when they attempt to stand up.
Create Your Caregiving “Dream Team”
Taking care of a loved one alone is difficult in a variety of ways. The emotional needs that are required by caregiving can be overwhelming at times. In the beginning you need to identify other people that can help when you need a break or you have something else going on. These people could be siblings, spouse, neighbors or anyone else that you would trust to help out in case of an emergency.
Identify Caregiving Needs
The first thing that you need to do is to identify what caregiving needs are needed. For each person they may have different needs. The best way to identify to ask them about what things they need help with and how you can support them. If your loved one doesn’t have the humility to say that they need help (and most of us don’t) then attempt to identify the needs from just using your own intuition. Another resource for identifying needs is to visit with their doctor and discuss any health conditions that you need to be aware of.
Assess Community Resources
Another tip is to locate in-home services in your area to help with your loved one. Some services offer different things from delivery meals to oxygen and have a wide variety of services that they offer. If you find that it’s too much to cook every meal or anything else find out what services are provided.
Maintain A Clean And Organized Home
As a person ages they begin to lose balance and mobility. Navigating through the paths
between furniture and clutter can be difficult and dangerous. So make sure that the home is clean and organized free of clutter and that you’ve adjusted the furniture so that there are wide open spaces. This is especially important if they have to use a walker to get around the home. This will make it easier for you or them to clean and easier for them to walk about the house.