How can seniors become more independent when challenged with mobility or health complications?
- Grocery shopping and meal preparation
Healthy eating is vital for physical and emotional health, and obtaining healthy food can be a daunting task for those with mobility issues. Consider grocery delivery services or a home care agency to help with transportation and grocery shopping. Home care is a good option for people who aren’t comfortable placing grocery orders online or having a stranger deliver to their home. If one’s ability to cook has deteriorated, this will also affect the quality of life. For help cooking fresh and healthy meals, look into home care. Home care aides can help with transportation to and from grocery stores as well as meal preparation.
- How to prepare the home
Common hazards most often arise in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Small changes can create a safer environment in the home, such as adding rails in the bathroom, elevating toilet seats, installing ramps, removing tripping hazards like rugs, lowering shelves for easy access and installing higher power light bulbs for better visibility.
- Stay on task with discharge regimens
Hospitals generally include a list of instructions after discharge. It is important to stay on task with these instructions to ensure increased health. This could include help with medication management, rehabilitation exercises or diet. This could also include transportation to regular doctor visits. If these tasks are difficult to maintain, it’s essential to look to a family caregiver for help or to employ a home care agency. Following these instructions will improve the quality of life and in some circumstances extend life.
- Prepare for emergencies
It’s important to prepare for emergencies for moments when there isn’t a caregiver around to help. Personal medical devices are a great option in case there’s a fall or any other accident or medical emergency.
- Meet emotional and social needs
Feelings of loneliness are common when mobility issues cause a barrier to connecting with friends and loved ones. Family caregivers or home care aides can help with support to get people engaged in the activities they once enjoyed. A large portion of this could be transportation to social events and help with engagement in activities.
- Meeting daily living needs
Daily hygiene is important, but many seniors or those with mobility issues tend to take “bird baths” or towel washing. Many find it easier to wash this way rather than getting in and out of the shower or bath tub. These bathing practices have negative long-term effects, and it’s important to get back on a regular washing regime. Getting a shower that has easier accessibility, grab bars or hiring a homecare agency to help with daily needs are all options to help live a more full life at home.
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