Reaching your golden years can be freeing and full of possibilities, but there’s no denying that it can also be a time of change, uncertainty, and difficult decisions. One of those decisions could be whether to continue to live in your own home when the practicalities of daily life become more challenging, to live with family, or to move into a supported living facility such as a care home.
For many, if their health and mobility allow, the choice is an easy one, and they try to stay in their own home for as long as possible. If you are a senior citizen facing this situation, these home care strategies might help you to maintain your independence.
Be honest with close friends and family
According to the NHS, 1 in 3 adults over 65 (and half of people over 80) will have at least one fall a year. Unfortunately, many seniors suffer accidents in their homes because they have tried to hide that they need extra support, both from themselves and family and friends. This can mean that help does not come along until after an incident has taken place. Tell the people you trust that you can continue to live alone, but there are certain areas of life that you need support with, whether that’s the weekly food shop, cleaning the home, gardening, or travelling around. In all likelihood, they will be more than happy to help in any way they can.
Consider professional support
If you need help around the home but do not want to lean on friends or family, you might consider a professional home care service like Alina Homecare. Services like this can support you in a range of ways depending on your needs and preferences. You may need somebody to help you cook, clean, bathe, help with medication or paperwork, maintain your home, or you might just want someone to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat now and again or run some errands with you. Home care services can make it much easier and safer for seniors to live an independent and full life.
Consider home modifications
One of the most common challenges of ageing is a loss of mobility, which can make everyday tasks potentially dangerous. To minimise the risk of injury, you might consider modifying your home. This might include swapping the bath for a shower room, installing a stair lift, fitting handrails throughout the house, or ramps between rooms rather than steps. The investments could transform your quality of life for years to come. If your eyesight or hearing is deteriorating, consider buying some technology designed for seniors such as smart devices.
Stay active and connected to your community
Loneliness and inactivity can bring about a range of mental and physical health issues for seniors, so consider ways to remain engaged and active in your community. This might include joining a club or starting a hobby that involves socialising with others, or it might mean volunteering for a charity close to your heart. There are organisations that arrange activities or trips for seniors looking for an active lifestyle and friendships. If you do not drive or find it difficult to drive in certain conditions, like at night, it is worth researching transportation services for seniors that can help you get out of the house and explore new places.