The vast majority of elderly people want to live in their own homes for as long as possible.
However, the task of living an independent and active lifestyle while staying in your own home as you age can be challenging. The good news is, there are steps you can take and new technologies you can use to help you live safely and independently in your own home a little longer.
Here are five strategies to help you live in your own home as you age:
Most household essentials can now be delivered right to your door. Instead of carrying heavy bags or making unnecessary outings, get your groceries, meals (meal kits, meals on wheels), household items and prescriptions delivered right to your door. In fact, you can even get library books delivered and picked up for you!
Home delivery is convenient, cost effective and safe, especially in the winter months!
Home Safety & Convenience
As you age, you may need to adapt your home to an evolving set of physical needs. Take the time to fall proof your home and design it for less mobility. Some things you might want to consider right away are adding slip proof mats in your bathrooms, seating in your shower, lighting in hallways and stairs, railings by all stairs and grab bars in the shower and by all toilets.
One reason seniors often end up moving out of their home, is because of their increasing medical and health needs. You might want to explore items like automated pill dispensers, telehealth and remote health monitoring.
If you need hands on care, we’d first suggest you explore free services through your local CLSC if you’re unable to leave your home due to temporary or permanent incapacity or loss of autonomy. If the CLSC is not an option or you need more care, you can explore private caregivers, which may still be a cheaper and more preferable option than moving into a home.
Emergency Peace of Mind
Having the peace of mind of knowing that if you fall or have a medical emergency help is only a press of a button away is priceless, both for you and your loved ones.
To ensure help is never out of reach, you can get a medical alert system. Medical alerts now come with automatic fall detection, GPS and cellular for those who want protection while they’re in their homes and on the go.
Living alone as we age can often lead to social isolation. Maintaining contact with family and friends is extremely important to our emotional and physical health, ensuring we stay mentally fit, vibrant and happy.
If you have the physical ability you should do all you can to get together with friends and family for dinners, cards, walks and more. Keep learning, taking advantage of offerings at your local senior centers, libraries and online.
If your physical condition limits your ability to leave your home, there are many new technologies to help you stay in contact with friends and family like never before. Use a cell phone or Ipad to stay in daily contact through apps like Facebook, Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Duo and Skype.
Marc Felgar is the founder of SeniorSafetyReviews.com, a website dedicated to finding and reviewing products and services to help seniors live a safer and happier life.