It may be difficult to admit, but the tasks around your home or daily living activities may not be as easy as they used to be. Maintaining your independence while accepting your limitations can be difficult. Studies show that as we age our risk of falling in our homes increases. Many of the falls that send seniors to the emergency room each year can be prevented with small changes around the home. Avoiding broken bones, surgery, hospital stays or lengthy recovery periods is vital. Finding help around the house with tasks that have become challenging can help ensure that you don’t become part of the statistics.
Whether your children or loved ones have approached you about getting help around the home or you’re ready to ask for help, here are some things to keep in mind:
Be Honest With Yourself
When it comes to getting help around the house, you want to be sure you’re getting exactly what you need. Make a list of all the chores and everyday items that you are struggling with. Do you find that remembering your medications is a problem? Has cleaning your home become difficult? Are you worried about falling in your home? Having a list of your concerns will help you make sure that you’re getting the help you need around your house.
Talk About Your Fears
While it may be hard to admit you need help, many people struggle with the idea of letting strangers come into their home to care for them or help with chores, meal preparations or medication management. Be sure to clearly communicate any reservations you may have with your family so that they can help you find help in a way that makes you comfortable. Many home care and home assistance services require extensive background checks on their staff members and will provide you with references from previous clients upon request. Interviewing potential caregivers or home assistants with a trusted friend or loved one can also make it easier to select the right person for you.
Modify Your Home
Making changes in your home can help ease the daily living challenges you face and reduce your risk of injury. If getting up and down the stairs has become difficult, consider installing a stairlift in your home. The addition of grab bars or a folding shower seat to your bathroom can make your existing bathroom configuration safer and more accessible for you. There are many options for increasing your safety and mobility in your home that don’t require extensive and expensive home remodels.
For more than 18 years Accessible Systems has helped people stay in the home they love. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients find long-term solutions that increase accessibility and safety. We proudly offer Bruno stairlifts, grab bars, toilet arms, bathroom remodels, overhead ceiling lifts and lift chairs to help you retain your independence in your home.
Call today and schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our accessibility specialists and see how a few simple modifications can help you live where you love!