If you have a loved one who wishes to age in place, the good news is that is definitely can be done, but there are some adaptations that need to be made. In this blog post, we’ll outline the top five things that can be done to help your loved one maintain independence at home.
You’ll Need to be Watchful
While your loved one will want – and need – their space and independence, you will also need to be subtly vigilant. You’ll want to watch for signs of decline, which could include changes in weight, mood, or routine. If you notice anything out of the ordinary that persists, then it could be time to speak up.
Help with In-Home Services
In-home services like A Place at Home North Austin give your loved one independence by allowing them to stay home while also letting them reduce their reliance on you. In-home services can help with transportation, doctor’s appointments, medication management, household chores, and more.
De-cluttering Could be Necessary
As part of maintaining their independence at home, your loved one might also find it necessary to downsize and declutter. By decluttering and downsizing, they are giving themselves less to take care of and giving themselves permission to relax more. There are many great companies that can assist with this in the area. If you’d like to know which ones, feel free to give us a call today.
Adapt their Home
In order for your loved one to maintain independence at home, their home will need to be made safer with handrails, non slip mats, ramps, and any other safety implementations needed that will ensure their physical safety. A Place at Home can do a free one hour in home safety assessment to address these needs for you and your loved one.
Your loved one might not be the biggest fan of technology, but introducing them to smartphones and other senior related tech can really make their living independently a much better experience. For instance, having a personal emergency response system in place can help your loved one to get help fast if they need it. Using a smartphone can help them get help with a wealth of things, too, and give them greater freedom.
Aging in place is a beautiful thing, and implementing some of these strategies can make maintaining independence at home even more easy for your loved one. Give A Place at Home a call at 512-354-2332 to discuss how your loved one can age in place today.