• Mary Jane Mannella

Help your Senior Loved Ones Live Independently for Longer

Witnessing the mental and physical decline of our aging parents or grandparents can be tough. You still remember the time when they were the strong ones and how they took care of all your needs. It’s almost heartbreaking to see them needing assistance for even the most minor chores, making you wish for nothing more than a way to make sure they live their life to the fullest.

There’s always that thought in the back of your mind, “What if they fall and there’s no one to help them?” Or if they need something and there’s no one to get it for them. This makes it hard for you to let your parents live alone, leaving you with no choice but to compromise their independence.

Here’s a list of things you can do to maintain their independence.

Avoid Coddling

As soon as you see your senior loved ones doing something, your first instinct is to do it for them. We appreciate that! But you need to realize when your care turns into coddling. For them, to live an independent life, you have to let them do things on their own.

Yes, you fear that they might hurt themselves and it’s understandable. But here’s what you can do — make a rule of thumb to let them do things on their own as long as it doesn’t risk their safety and offer assistance only when they need it.

Provide Tools that Simplify their Chores

With more than 15 percent of the U.S. population age of 65 years or older, the need to install modification tools for seniors is always growing. Introduce your senior loved ones to battery-powered scooters and teach them how to operate one.

Many grocery stores now provide scooters to assist the elderly. Knowing how to operate them will simplify their shopping experience!

Seniors living in a two-story home often find it quite challenging to move laundry and other heavy items from floor to floor. Not only does it increase the risk of a fall, but it’s also quite troublesome for their frail physique. By installing a stairlift they can safely navigate the stairs with laundry in hand!

Modify their Environment

Letting your senior loved ones live alone is one thing, but letting them live in an environment with potential hazards is putting them at increased risk of falls and injuries.

Here’s what you can do to modify their living environment

  1. If they live in a two-story building, install stair lifts to assist them in moving around the house. Stairlifts can be temporary, while healing or recovering from surgery and are removed without leaving any residual property damage.

  2. Bathrooms are the most perilous spots, contributing to most fall-sustained injuries. Remodel their bathrooms to match their living style. Install grab bars in showers and tubs to provide support as they attempt to step out. If you are looking for the highest level of safety, remove the tub all together and switch out to a barrier free shower base.

If you’re looking for a range of mobility products for your senior loved ones, get in touch with Slip Proof Safety Inc. Our range of products includes wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, and grab bars and bathroom renovations.

Hire our installation services today to improve the quality of life of your loved ones!

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