Preparing to care for an elderly parent is challenging. The biggest challenges will come from the new dynamic in the relationship with your parent, but there are a few practical changes which you also need to address. This is particularly true if your loved one has mobility issues. When caring for someone who has limited mobility, getting the basics correct from the start will keep your loved one safer, and make it easier for you to provide him with the possible quality of life.
Speak with the experts.
Talk to your parent's doctor to understand any limitations. Your parent may prefer to protect you from the full extent of her condition, so it is best to speak with your parent's physician directly and privately. Make sure you understand what will be required of you as a caregiver, and don't be afraid to ask questions about the requirements of any future care.
Before bringing your parent home, make sure your home is ready. If your parent has limited mobility this will may require minor, or even extensive, renovation. Before starting any mobility-assistance project, it is always a smart idea to have a consultation with an expert. Mobility experts can help you find the right products for your home which will help to keep your loved one stay safer and retain more independence.
What every home with seniors should have.
Although it is best to follow the recommendation of a mobility expert, there are a number of products which can benefit most seniors. According to the National Council of Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of injuries to seniors. One-third of American over the age of 65 fall each year. Many simple products are available which can reduce the chance of a loved one falling in your home.
- Grab bars are simple to install on a wall and can reduce falls. These stability solutions are a great option for any high-risk rooms, like the bathroom. grab bars can help seniors avoid slipping in the shower and assist them with using the toilet.
- Standing assist poles are helpful wherever a senior spends time sitting. There are a number of versions of standing assist poles, from portable to anchored to fit your loved one's needs.
- Stairwell handrails are essential in a home which has an older person using the stairs. Handrails should be available on even short flights of stairs.
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