A few months ago Ed, my mum, the kids and I were holidaying in nearby Somerset when we witnessed an elderly gentleman trip and fall over, hitting his head and badly cutting open his hand in the process. He was shaken up and all alone, without any family able to be contacted right away. We stayed with him whilst he waited for an ambulance, and I encouraged him to squeeze my hand to stop him from shaking too badly. When the ambulance arrived, I made the decision to go with him, and I stayed with him until he was back safely at home.
One of the things I noticed whilst with this man was how many people spoke about him rather than to him, choosing to speak to me, a relative stranger, rather than directly to him. Although he was in his nineties, he was still very much all with it and he had managed to hold onto his independence, living alone and still driving. It made me feel strongly about the way elderly people are treated, and how many see them as less of a person simply because of their age.
These are some of the ways that elderly people can hold onto their independence around the home, without the need for outside support.
Installing a Stairlift
If you are living in a house with more than one level, a stairlift can really help ease the strain of walking up and down the stairs multiple times a day, whilst being invaluable for those who may have mobility issues. When thinking about buying stairlifts in the UK, it is important to look into reputable companies, and do your research into which is the best stairlift for you.
Opt for a Walk-In Bath
Getting in and out of a bath or shower can be a little trickier as you get older. Changing to a walk-in version in your bathroom can help remove this added obstacle and help you keep on top of personal hygiene independently, without the need for assistance. There are many different options available, or alternatively a wet room might be an option for your home.
To avoid the possibility of a fall, handrails can be installed throughout the home to aid mobility and help reassure whilst moving from room to room. These rails can provide extra support and prevent accidents and are usually quick and simple to install.
These simple additions to the home can help you hold onto your independence at home for longer.
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