Senior Independence MonthFebruary 16, 2023
In addition to the other observances for this month, February is National Senior Independence Month. Maintaining independence into one’s older adulthood is something many seniors strive to do. However, as you age, there are certain things you must take into account that you may not have previously managed before.
To maintain your independent living at home, put these tips into action.
Declutter the house
Clutter does more than frazzle your mind. When your things pile up you are not only creating an unsanitary environment, but a potentially dangerous one. Organize each of your rooms, going through what is necessary to keep and what should be thrown away or donated. Once you’ve completed this process, ensure everything has a clearly marked space where it can be put away.
To prevent falls, keep all walkways and doorways clear. If there are stretches of your home that aren’t well-lit, consider installing motion-activated lighting.
Make any necessary upgrades
There are certain changes you can make to improve the safety of your home. If your home has stairs, have a professional assess the banister to ensure it is sturdy and make any improvements required. Remove area rugs, as they are major trip hazards, or use rug tape to keep them in place. Install grab bars in your bathroom to prevent slips on slick surfaces.
Even if you don’t think you’ll use these upgrades presently, having them ready will greatly benefit your peace of mind. When the time comes that you do need them, you won’t be scrambling to have them installed.
Familiarize yourself with technology
A common stereotype is that seniors don’t understand technology, but you don’t have to fall into that category. There are certain tech advancements that you can utilize to stay safe. On top of motion sensor lights, consider purchasing a home security system to be confident at home. Depending on your preference, you can control the system through an all-inclusive application on your phone.
Your cell phone can be your lifeline. Set up speed dial for your most important contacts and keep your phone nearby in the event of an emergency. Not everything has to be a catastrophe, however. It can be used in more practical applications too, like as a flashlight or a GPS.
A smartwatch might also be a quality investment, as it can track your vitals and note if you’ve fallen. The watch will alert authorities if you don’t confirm that you are okay.
Get the help of an at-home caregiver
As you age, certain activities of daily living may grow to be difficult. Don’t suffer through that alone. An at-home caregiver can take care of whatever non-medical needs you require so that you can age in the comfort of your home. From light housekeeping to personal care, a caregiver is there to support you.
If you think your quality of life would benefit from the support of a home care worker, give us a call at (773) 274-9262.
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