The elderly need a lot of help around the house, but it is not often that each and every member of the family will be around to help. Nurses aren’t found in typical homes, so it’s the homeowners’ responsibility to help the elders. Helping them may involve walking or getting things for them. Elderly also yearn for self assistance. This can easily be made possible with proper planning and slight adjustment to your daily routine.
Remove all obstacles in and around the house. Some things might seem easy for you, but not for an elderly. These daily obstacles pose threats ranging from mild to critical. For example, glassware and tile pose a very serious threat, while polycarbonate and carpet virtually eliminates any concern. Problems like that can be remedied by practical thinking: eliminate the obstacle, not the object. It’s really not that hard to make a house safe for the elderly while keeping its comforts.
Some solutions just need some practicality while others need some money spent. A very simple solution is to keep their things downstairs. This way, they won’t have to climb stairs, so there won’t be falls. If you can, the first level should have a bathroom. Put non-slip surfaces inside the tub and shower, and also put bath mats outside. These are very cheap and easy additions, and can prevent many accidents.
Buying a wireless headset for the TV is a good idea. They’ll be able to turn the TV up loud without disrupting anyone else. Another measure would be to enable subtitles and captions for movies and television. Other gadgets to consider are audio reminders, which will remind a person of certain tasks via pre-recorded messages. They can really gain much from gadgets. Elderly folks can play with handheld portable gaming systems if they get bored. The Nintendo DS Lite can bring them crossword puzzles and other games to help keep their minds and coordination sharp.
You can use these tips to make your home safe without changing much. Too often can discomfort and accidents happen at the smallest detail. Sometimes the elderly may be at home for hours at a time, alone. The best thing to do is to organize your life around your parents or grandparents. This will make it easier on everyone.