Thanks to advanced health care our parents and grandparents are living longer and healthier lives. While this is fantastic news there often comes a time where children become concerned about their parents being able to take care of themselves. You can help your parents remain independent if they are not keen to come and live with you or move into a retirement home. Use these tips and help your parents live the life they want to for as long as it’s safe for them to do so.
Talk to Your Parents
In order for you to help your parents you will need to have a conversation with them about what they want. You may find that with some information they would be happy to move into a retirement apartment, offering some security while allowing your parents to remain as independent as possible. Discuss what they would be happy with when the time comes when living on their own is no longer an option. It’s important to discuss this topic while they remain alert and mentally capable.
Make the Home Work for Your Parents
As your parents get older they may find it difficult to get around. Mobility issues can increase the risk of falls and trips, which can lead to serious injuries. You should make changes in the home that will help your parents to get around safely. Consider installing ramps, handles and railings and improving the floors. The bathroom can be enhanced with suitable equipment such as toilet seat heighteners and walk in showers, or you could make the room a wet room that can accommodate wheelchairs safely.
All shelves should be lowered and you may want to reorganise the current cupboards, wardrobes and drawers so your parents can easily get hold of the items they want. The bed may need to be lowered or raised so they can get in and out with no risks. Chairs can also be raised or lowered and you may want to consider moving your parents down to the ground floor.
Cleaning the Home
If your parents are not managing to keep up with the housework you may need to come and take care of the cleaning for them. The alternative is to hire a cleaner to visit their home a few times a week to take care of the majority of the house work such as vacuuming and dusting.
It’s a good idea to install a medical alarm so your parents can easily call for help if they were to fall over or fall ill. Additional medical equipment to consider speaking to the doctor about or purchasing includes:
● Medical bracelet
● Walkers or wheelchairs
● Mobility scooter
Your parents will need to be able to hear well so they know when someone is knocking on the door or answer the phone. Poor hearing can leave people feeling isolated and often the problem can be fixed very easily. Hearing aids should also be considered if you’ve noticed your parents struggling to hear you, or if you’ve noticed their television getting louder. Learn more about hearing aids and find a suitable one that will suit your parent’s needs.
The author is a freelance journalist and blogger with several years’ experience working as a carer for the elderly. She has written many articles and blog posts providing advice and tips on how to help the elderly remain independent and how to cope as a full or part time carer. Her work has been published on hundreds of websites.