Maintaining senior independence is a goal shared by seniors, family members, and medical professionals. In a recent article, Forbes writes that “experts on the ground have discovered that it is more often the little things, like being able to use kitchen utensils and navigate steps, that end up limiting [seniors'] ability to remain independent.” While little things can be aggravating, they usually have solutions. Let’s look at five ways to ease the burden and keep you living at home independently.
1. DownsizeIf you’re living alone in your four-bedroom, two-story home on an acre of land, you’ve got your hands full with day-to-day upkeep and maintenance. In the Forbes article, Sarah Szanton, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says, “We see housing as a part of healthcare. What one can do is a function of where one lives.” Perhaps now is the time to downsize to a smaller, one-story home with less upkeep.
2. “Seniorize” Your HomeWithout proper safety precautions, kitchens and bathrooms can be accidents waiting to happen for anyone in the home. Poor lighting can cause mishaps that wouldn’t otherwise occur. Unsecured area rug corners can cause avoidable trips and falls. Seniors might find it easier to “bathe” at the bathroom sink rather than climbing in and out of the tub. All of these problems have easy and relatively inexpensive solutions. Download the Philips guide for more ideas on preventing senior falls.
3. Get By with a Little Help from Your FriendsSenior independence shouldn’t depend on a set of car keys. Prudent seniors with poor vision might hang up their keys long before they’re ready to give up their independence. Still, suburban seniors need to get out to buy groceries, fill prescriptions, shop for clothes, etc. Neighbors, friends, and family can pitch in, but you’ll also want to find a driver/errand helper for backup. A good way to find a reliable helper is through word of mouth.
4. In-Home Service ProvidersAn injury can cause sudden, if temporary, disability. Without in-home care, your only option is often rehab. Other seniors and caregivers may prematurely seek expensive assisted-living options, but finding a caregiver through a referral service offers an approach that lets you retain your independence, while saving money.
5. Technology Is Your FriendAccording to Healthline, technology can extend senior independence by ensuring your safety while you live independently: “For example, personal medical alert systems allow seniors to summon help quickly should they fall or need medical attention.” Wireless sensors can detect a fall, and smartphones can deliver appointment and medication reminders. And if you are still active — or want to be — some solutions, like Philips Lifeline GoSafe, work both inside and outside the home.* You worked hard your whole life, and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of those labors. The right environment, in-home care as needed, and technology can help you maintain senior independence and live comfortably the way you want while minimizing worry for your loved ones — a win-win for everyone.
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Philips Lifeline invented the medical alert industry over 40 years ago, and we have been empowering senior independence and supporting caregivers across the entire U.S. ever since. Backed by the healthcare expertise of Philips, our aging in place solutions help seniors live safer, healthier and more connected lives, whether at home or on the go. Call us today at 1-866-714-5307 to talk to a trained Lifeline Specialist or Click here to learn more about Philips Lifeline and our technology for helping seniors to live at home.