As we age, our bodies experience a number of changes, particularly in the way it functions. Tasks that were once easy to accomplish, such as getting dressed, bathing, eating, and generally getting around, may be more difficult to perform. These can be difficult changes for your senior loved one to accept, and they may feel hesitant to lean on you for assistance. We know how important the safety of your loved one is, which is why we want to share with you a few tips to help your senior loved one successfully and comfortable navigate daily activities and tasks.
First, it is important to evaluate your senior loved one’s specific needs. Not every senior experiences the same difficulties, and your loved one may feel embarrassed to share their challenges with you. We encourage you to monitor your loved one moving around and performing daily tasks, like eating and getting themselves ready. It is important to remember that the tasks your loved one finds challenging may change as he or she continues to age. If you feel more comfortable hiring a professional to evaluate your loved one’s needs, there are home assistance personnel who can monitor your loved one for you.
If your senior loved one does not have a daily routine in place, it may be time to help them create one. This can add stability to your loved one’s life and avoid causing him or her unnecessary stress. Having a routine can help your loved one feel more comfortable navigating daily tasks, as he or she will follow the same steps each day.
Unfortunately, sometimes your senior loved one may need more help than you can provide. As difficult as it can be to think about moving your loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, sometimes it is in his or her best interest to do so. If your loved one is still mostly functional and healthy, a home caregiver may be able to provide the care he or she needs. If your loved one has worsening health conditions and frequently falls, these may be signs that he or she would benefit from living in a care facility.
Encouraging your senior loved one to lean on you for support can significantly improve his or her quality of life. If you have questions or if you are ready to discuss a plan for your loved one’s long-term care, do not wait to contact our office to meet with experienced Elder Law attorney, Scott Selis.
Florida seniors and their adult children frequently ask me how the elder can stay in the family home. I understand this desire. I want my clients to be able to age-in-place for as long as possible. We must plan, however, for a time when you may be unable to do so safely.
Aging-in-place is the concept of living in our homes well into advanced age. This can be a reality for you when you prepare in advance. This preparation includes managing your finances and making your elder care choices as soon as possible with an elder care attorney. It also includes preparing your home to support you as you age.
Are you an elder who lives at home alone? Are you scared of falling and hurting yourself when you walk around your house or take a shower? These are reasonable fears to have, and there are steps you can take to prevent these fears from becoming reality. I will share our five tips for how to make your home more aging-in-place appropriate.
1. Put handrails around your house. These handrails should be installed next to stairs, in the shower, and near step-downs. Handrails can be installed by you or a contractor, and are easy to use. To get started, evaluate your home to determine where you believe you are the most at risk for potentially tripping or falling.
2. Put a seat in your shower. One of the most frequent ways seniors fall is when they are in the shower and slip on the wet floor. If you have a seat to sit on while you are bathing this hazard may be avoided.
3. Invest in a moving chair. If you have a large staircase in your home and feel unsafe walking up the stairs, invest in a moving chair that is built into the wall. Once installed, you will be able to sit in this chair as it moves you up or down the staircase. Consider a moving chair that includes the options of a guardrail and a seatbelt.
4. Add light where you need it. Research shows us that when it is hard to see you are much more vulnerable to tripping and falling. Add light to all areas of your home that get dark at night or have shadows during the day. Consider investing in a motion sensor option. This option means the light will automatically turn on.
5. Install cabinets within your reach. Instead of placing your supplies in tall or hard-to-reach overhead cupboards, utilize cabinets that you are able to easily access. This may require reorganization of your kitchen, your bathroom or your supply cabinet, but it is worth the effort. You want to avoid any instance where you could lose your balance and injure yourself in a fall.
When we want to age-in-place, it is crucial that we make adjustments to our homes. Modifications like these can help you remain safe for a longer period of time. Remember that making modifications are only part of the puzzle. Do not wait to contact my firm to talk about your elder care planning needs.