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How To Help Older Relatives Live Independently

by Jessica Amey

I’m sure most of us can agree that we would like to live independently for as long as possible, ideally in our own homes.

Although it might not always be possible, there are ways of helping older relatives to live at home for as long as possible, even if it means encouraging them to accept help for things they are used to doing themselves.

Whether that is just having someone pop in occasionally to help with the garden or cleaning, daily to bring them meals or having someone caring 24/7 to help care for them.

It might be they are still fine without any of those things but just need a few changes in the home to help them go about their day to day life safely.

Here are a few things that can help them..

Grab rails can be put up around the house to help them get in and out of bed, onto and off of the sofa and in and out of the bath easily. They can also be put near the toilet.

Stairlifts are a great way of helping the elderly get up and down the stairs without the worry of falling. Most modern UK stairlifts can be made for curved or straight staircases and as long as you choose a reputable company they will be fitted perfectly for your staircase.

Bathroom alterations are an option if washing and using the toilet are an issue. A wet room with a set under the shower is a possibility or baths with doors.

Grabbers are a good idea for people with poor mobility as they enable them to reach things without having to bend down.

Pre-chopped fruit and vegetables are also good for people with painful joints.

There are lots of gadgets out there these days too to make life easier for everyone but especially the elderly. If you are good with technology then why not go in and set up an Alexa for them or a system that will allow them to control the lights and heating from a phone. It might take a bit of getting used to but there will be lots of benefits.

In collaboration with Handicare

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