Many adults are living longer lives. In the United States, the average life expectancy is almost 79 years. As more seniors reach into their 70s and beyond, the need to help them remain in their home and live independent lives becomes paramount. While many seniors can maintain some form of independence, most need some assistance. In one study conducted on 8,000 seniors, 90 percent were found to be able to eat on their own while only 54 percent could bathe without support.
How to Help
While you cannot be there 24/7, you can provide an environment for your parent that feels safe and secure. This is accomplished by making sure they have good lighting. Pay special attention to areas by chairs, corners and hallways that may appear dark or with shadows. Consider installing motion sensor lights so that they are never in the dark alone when walking.
Place grab bars in strategic locations. Install a motion sensor detector at the stove. This special device for such an appliance detects movement and, if no movement has occurred for a specified length of time, proceeds to shut the stove off. Remove throw rugs and check furniture for any edges or corners that could become tripping hazards. Remove clutter and be sure all well-used pathways are clear of any obstacles.
Personal medical alert systems can help your loved one feel secure should a fall occur. These devices report to both the caregiver and the appropriate medical emergency team . Most are worn as pendants or bracelets. Video monitors allow loved ones to keep an eye on parents from a distance.
Although the use of a walking device may make your parent cringe, if balance or strength issues exist, consider suggesting the use of a walker. Once they’ve experienced the support and extra-confidence this aid supplies, they may wonder why they didn’t try it sooner.
Elderly Home Care Services Provider
No tools or safety measures really take the place of onsite support. An elderly home care services provider can assist with the daily activities of living which includes bathing and dressing. They can provide transfers for your parent from chairs, beds, showers and baths. They can go grocery shopping, run other errands, and prepare meals. They can assist with light housekeeping and laundry as well as provide transportation. They can accompany your parent to social engagements to ensure your loved ones remains socially active and engaged. They provide that all-important companionship, so important to an aging parent.