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How to plan for graceful aging at home

How to plan for graceful aging at home

During the pandemic, seniors gained insights into some important lessons about independent living. 

The biggest takeaways: They are most comfortable at home and want to pursue independence as they embark into their lives’ next chapters. 

 

In those next chapters of life, their needs will most certainly change, requiring accommodations and help they had no need for not too long ago. That of course should not hold them back from carrying out their preference of living at home.

The biggest hurdles can be easily addressed. This includes making the home accessible through affordable home solutions. With a few simple modifications, negotiating around the home is made easier and safe. 

Stair lifts

If your loved one currently lives in a two-story home they do not want to give up, a stair lift can assist them with any mobility and balancing challenges so they can easily move around.

Going up stairs or entering the secondary level of the home will no longer be a safety issue.

And, no space in the home will go underused again. 

By just sitting back and pushing one button, your loved one will enjoy the independence of getting around the house with ease. 

Bathroom safety

The biggest in-home hazard can result from the conditions of a wet and unmodified bathroom.

A variety of grab bars, nonslip surfaces, rounded edges, transfer benches and tubs can retrofit the bathroom area so it’s safe to use by everyone.

A safety assessment by a home care provider can help you understand some of the common bathroom solutions that promote safety.

Ramps

Ramps are an excellent solution for home configurations with elevated entries at the front door or at other entry points to other areas of the home. 

Like a well-paved road, a ramp is a reliable and safe home feature that makes room-to-room movement a breeze. They are also sturdy and wide enough to make room for walkers, wheelchairs, powered chairs and other walking and mobility aids.

People lifts

Patient lifts come in various setups. Some standalone while others are mounted to the ceiling. 

Both solutions safely get users in and out of bed, with the help of a home care specialist, in the safest possible way. 

The extra help ensures safe movement at a time when people can be extra vulnerable when they’re just waking up or are in need of extended rest. 

And if you and your family need a little in-home assistance, keep Cherished Companions in mind! We offer personalized care that allows seniors to stay in their home and feel secure. To learn more about our services, click here.

+ Bonus Caregiver Questions To Ask Before You Choose An Agency


Home Care Agency Infographic 2As you prepare to interview care agencies, take a look at the agency’s website to learn basic information about the types of care provided, specific services available, and payment options. You can expand on these topics with additional questions during the interview. Keep these tips in mind during the research process:


  • Get recommendations. Talk to healthcare professionals in the field, your mom or dad’s doctor, and any friends or family members you know who have worked with a home care agency previously. Ask them which agencies they have had the best experience with and find out what they think about each provider you plan to contact. Look online for reviews and ratings. Do they have a lot of reviews?  Look for independent review sites that have verified reviews such as bestofhomecare.com and look for agencies that have awards. See if they are accredited through the BBB and if they have an A+ rating.
  • Check references. The agency should supply a list of references such as health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, social workers and other providers they have worked with. Call these references and ask them whether they regularly refer patients to the agency and what sort of feedback they have heard from clients.
  • Consider the agency’s technology innovation. Does the agency have an online portal where you can view care plans and communicate with caregivers? Do they respond to communication quickly? Can you access information about your loved one via mobile? These are all useful ways to stay informed about your mom or dad’s care.
  • Understand their process. Will you have the opportunity to interview caregivers? What happens if the caregiver isn’t a good fit? Will the same caregiver serve your loved one at each visit? How does the agency provide accountability for quality of service?

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We understand the importance of finding the right caregiver for your family member. The questions included in this guide will help make this process as straightforward and informative as possible.

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