Independent living is a major factor in maintaining dignity and privacy for Older Adults. According to the AARP, 90 percent of people over 65 want to age in place for as long as possible; and 80 percent believe they will live in their current home for the rest of their days. Safe living conditions help Senior Citizens stay in their own homes and communities as well. When you visit your Senior loved ones, check that their home environment promotes health and well-being. Safety, nutrition, and mobility are major factors that impact a person’s ability to live independently.
A Senior Citizen’s home should be easy to navigate and free from fall hazards such as extension cords and loose rugs. Railings and grab bars can assist with safety and mobility. Moreover, a well-lit home and adequate night lights help Seniors see better at night.
When you visit your loved ones, check that the electrical system, smoke detectors, and emergency call systems are functioning properly. Also, make a virtual inspection of their home. Check if pets are adequately cared for and the house is clean and tidy. If your loved ones become unable to manage the upkeep of their home, in-home care may help them age in place safely.
Buying, storing, and cooking food are big parts of living independently. When visiting
Senior loved ones, check if they have a well-stocked pantry with nutrient-dense foods. See if there are fresh fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. Rotten or expired food is a red flag that a Senior may be having difficulty in maintaining the kitchen. Also, Seniors may struggle with meal times for various reasons:
- Seniors may not be interested in cooking anymore, especially when they eat alone
- Seniors get tired easily and standing over the stove or sink isn’t appealing
- Seniors are becoming more forgetful and can’t remember all the steps required to prepare meals as they once did
- Their taste buds have changed and nothing tastes good to them so they stop cooking and eating right
Check to see if your loved ones have a healthy appetite and can prepare their own meals. If not, consult with their health care provider. Also, you may want to consider in-home care to assist your loved ones in preparing nutritious meals.
Moving from one place to another is essential for independence. When spending time with your loved ones, observe their gait. Check to see if they are stable and steady on their feet and when walking. Mobility aids such as canes and walkers may be of assistance and must be in good working order. Can your loved ones drive safely? If not, are they able to easily arrange for transportation?
If your Senior loved ones have mobility issues, they may benefit from in-home care. Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides can assist with activities of daily living such as:
- Going up and down stairs
- Getting in and out of bed
- Bathing, dressing, grooming and exercise assistance
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
At Anita’s Angels, Inc., we are committed to helping Senior Citizens age-in-place and live independently for as long as possible. We are Families Helping Families. Let’s talk about what our family can do for yours—call us at 908-788-9390.