Elderly home help companionship

How to ensure a safer living space for your elderly relatives

When an elderly parent or relative wants to retain their independence while still living in their own home some changes may need to be made. They will want to live as normal a life as possible despite age or health related conditions which may have reduced their mobility.

Here are some things to consider when looking at safety in their home (please note this is intended to be helpful information only and not advice).

Converting a bathroom into a wet room

It may sound like a huge undertaking, but converting an existing bathroom into a functioning wet room can make for a safer environment and can be more affordable than you may first think. The conversion would consider anti-slip flooring, handles for easy mobility and even giving more space for wheelchair access. There are even options for a partial wet room conversion you could consider based on the level of mobility.

A walk in shower is a great option for them to stay clean and healthy, while maintaining their independence and dignity.

Is your relative eligible for a Disabled Facilities Grant?

These grants can vary depending on what their local council offers.

Among the key points to consider they must live at home and be registered disabled. They must be the homeowner or registered tenant at the property. More information can always be found on the website of your local council. It is always good to at least ask as the money they may be due can help considerably.

Staying mobile is key to body and mind fitness

More and more personal trainers are specialising in working with the elderly. The right trainer will look at the level of training required to keep them supple and mobile. Keeping fit does not have to be a strain. It is about small exercises little and often. Popping to the shops can be daunting with the amount of traffic on the roads. Their level of mobility can give them the confidence for when they need to leave the house. This will lift their physical and mental health in equal amounts.

Little changes around the home can help a lot

Mobility aids for around the home are available and again can benefit the home life of a loved one.

Grip and hand rails at the front door, on stairs and throughout the home are perfect for getting into the home and from room to room, even in and out of the shower. Grip handles for windows can be added for a feasibly small investment and will aid those with less strength in their hands than they are used to.

Combination lock boxes are widely available to keep a spare key inside and can be attached to the outside of the house, giving access to those with the code to visit or after a fall.

Finally, our own in home care

We could not put together this list without mentioning the benefit of in home care services. Aside from collecting shopping and carrying out little jobs that are a bit too much there is nothing better than having someone come to visit for a cup of tea and a chat. Knowing that someone living a little further away is getting a visit from a one of our carers gives huge peace of mind. Not only that, but our clients still keep their independence while not having to deal with loneliness or isolation.

To find out more, simply get in touch.