5 Ways to help seniors stay independent

The U.S Census has determined that there will be 70 million American seniors living in the USA by 2030.

Getting older is inevitable and most adults would agree it is not too fun. It maybe harder to see your loved one’s age, like mom and dad. Entering the golden years can be a tough transition for a lot of adults as things we do easily become a little more difficult such as standing and walking. So, here are 5 tips to help seniors stay independent.

Make proper safety precautions to the home.

As adults we are used to having the freedom to do whatever we like and our homes for most it creates a sense of independence and security. Make the changes needed to support their new lifestyle.

Basic modifications that you can (and should) make:

  • improve or change the lighting in darker places of the home
  • install automatic outdoor lights
  • install rails in the bathroom
  • install a security system for emergencies
  • eliminate fall risk situations like steps or lowering frequently used items
  • securing floors with rugs or mats
  • wheelchair ramps (if mobility is limited)

If you are worried about the cost of modifications, check with your accountant to see if there are any tax incentives or programs to help with costs.

Med management

The most common reasons seniors are no longer to stay independent is by poorly managing their medications. Remembering what pills to take and when to take them can be a challenge.

Here is a list of ideas to help:

  • Use a pillbox and prefill their medications for them on a weekly basis
  • Create a medical step by step plan
  • Set reminders on their phone to remind them to take medication, check their blood pressure, blood sugar, or to attend a doctor’s appointment
  • Fill out a calendar and place it where it is visible
  • Hire extra help to check in with them as often as needed

Meeting emotional needs

Tending to a loved one’s safety can become such a focus that we may forget about their emotional needs. Studies show that seniors benefit from being productive and social engaged activities

To support their emotional needs, you can:

  • Encourage them to join communities with their similar interests
  • Encourage to join classes geared towards seniors like art or aerobics (many include pick up and drop off)
  • Encourage them to pick up a new hobby of interest
  • Encourage volunteer work
  • Make regular plans to visit

Have Essentials delivered

Transportation can be difficult with age and a healthy lifestyle is a key factor in helping seniors live at home longer. Having Essential needs such as groceries, medicine refills, or other basic needs can be a big help. Consider showing them how they can shop for their needs online or maybe go a step further and set up auto-shipping for peace of mind.

Hiring a caregiver

If you have gotten to the end of this article and still feel uneasy with the idea of a loved one living at home, then hiring extra help a few times a week might be the answer. A caregiver supports where needed and can be that extra help of hands that would otherwise cause falls or injuries when you may not be there. This will also let you enjoy the time you spend with mom or dad, instead of taking on a second shift after work.

Here a few things a caregiver can (not limited too) help with:

  • Managing medication under the direction of a nurse
  • Encourage physical activities and exercises
  • Cook according to meal plan or diet
  • Companionship
  • Driving to and from a doctor’s appointment or leisure
  • Dressing and grooming

We hope these 5 tips to helping seniors live at home longer have been useful and we encourage you to try them all. If you have any questions or would like more details about anything you can call us for a free consultation.