How to Help Elderly Relatives Stay at Home
The majority of elderly people want to live out their retirement in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by the people that they love and their familiar surroundings. Although this is not always possible, there are steps that you can take that can help your loved one to stay in their own home for longer while also being able to live their life to the full.
Make Home Adaptations
Homes are not always safe places for seniors, especially for those with mobility or memory issues. However, there are now many home adaptations that you can make to your elderly relative’s home to make living there easier for them. This includes products such as handrails and grips along corridors and stairs, shower seats to help them to wash safely, and stairlifts to enable them to travel between floors easily. There are many benefits of a home stair lift as your loved one ages and this includes increased independence and the ability to access all areas of their home without the risk of falls or trips.
Find Home or Live-in Care for Your Loved One
Even the families with the best intentions may not always have the time to care for their relative 24/7, and you should look at home care or live-in help for your relative. Many caregivers can be employed on a daily basis to help your relative with simple tasks such as getting out of bed and dressing, and there are many services in the UK such as Meals on Wheels to help your family member to care for themselves. If they need a bit of extra help, a live-in caregiver can keep your relative safe 24/7, and they can perform tasks such as cooking and doing domestic chores.
Sort Out Finances
Looking after an elderly relative in their home can be expensive. There are many schemes that can help you to care for your family at home, such as the Disabled Facilities Grant. This grant offers money to help you make home improvements that can help your relative to live independently for longer. You may also consider taking control of these finances if your loved one is unable to look after these themselves.
Give Up Your Own Time
Most importantly though, you should be willing to give up as much as your time as possible to care for an ageing relative. From helping them with domestic tasks to popping in for a chat, your contribution is vital to their independence. You should not bear this burden alone though, and you should make a timetable with other members of your family to divide care between you. You should also only contribute an amount of time that does not detract from your own mental or physical health.
Keep Them Active
You can also help your relative to stay home for longer by keeping them active. This can include arranging for them to attend social events and day groups in their area, as well as planning active outings to encourage them to keep moving, which is beneficial for their overall health.
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