It is best to prepare early so you and your family can successfully respond to changes that may occur to your senior parents: social connections, mobility and more importantly, health. Because caring for seniors at home is your focus, it is very important that you base your preparations on how they can continue living at home safely, comfortably and independently.
Make your home senior-friendly.
Assess your home—the structure, furniture, etc. See how you should modify it so they can move safely and unaided. Do you need to widen the doorways? Is it necessary to install a chairlift, handrails and corner protectors? Or, is your current home not possible for modification suitable for your senior loved ones? Should you move them to a bigger home or construct an extension?
Check if your community can help them remain independent and active.
Yes, your community plays a vital role when caring for seniors at home. You can tell that a community is aware of its senior residents if it encourages them to remain active and connected. Are the buildings accessible to those who use wheelchairs or handrails? Are the sidewalks well-maintained? More importantly, are there services or programs that may be beneficial to them, such as recreational activities and food deliveries? Do they have transportation options in case they can no longer drive? If your answer to these questions is yes, then your community is age-friendly and is appropriate for your senior parents.
See if their home and community can help maintain social connections.
Why are social connections vital to your preparations? By allowing your parents to remain socially connected with family, friends and the community, expect their emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being to be better. How do they become socially connected? They can have coffee with friends, participate in recreational activities in the community or join volunteer works.
To stay healthy, they should remain active by exercising regularly and eating nutritious meals. They increase their energy level and reduce the risk or delay the onset of health diseases. We recommend you consult with their doctor before allowing them to engage in physical activities.
Hire an experienced senior caregiver.
Family members can take turns in caring for seniors at home. However, this may not be as easy as you think it is. Particularly if everyone has their own family, job to attend to and own home they live in. The simple solution here is to hire a full-time senior caregiver. The caregiver will be focusing on their health, well-being, providing companionship and help them live to independently, safely and comfortably.
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Article source: Thinking about Aging in Place