17 Bright Ideas On How To Help Aging Parents Stay In Their Home Longer.

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17 Bright Ideas On How To Help Aging Parents Stay In Their Home Longer.

There comes a time when you realise that your elderly loved one needs a little extra support. You've considered a nursing home or other assisted living options but you know that they really want to stay at home as along as they can. We've written this list with 17 bright ideas on how to help aging parents stay in their home, so that you and they get to have less stress and continue to create great memories together.

  • 1

    Declutter and make sure home is safe – In consultation with your loved one, move items that could be trip hazards such as rugs and cords. Put away items that clutter and crowd the home. You may need to simply move to a display cabinet or into a room that doesn’t get used often.

  • 2

    Get all the family involved – It’s important to make sure all immediate family are informed and involved. Have a meeting and regular updates on how things are going. Make a roster so that everyone knows how to help and your loved one know whom he or she can call when they need assistance.

  • 3

    Get to know their neighbours – Hopefully your elderly loved one will have already struck up a relationship with some of their neighbours. Get to know them and give them your contact details. They will be around more than you and may be able to give you the heads up if something seems different.

  • 4

    Get too know their GP – Your elderly loved on will more than likely visit their doctor regularly. Take some time to go along with them to visits, if possible. Determine which family member will be their main point of contact for discussions with the doctor.

  • 5

    Manage their medication – Firstly, understand what medication your loved one is taking. Then, help to prepare the medication by placing it into a container that is marked AM/PM daily. If you can’t get to do this, there are serviced that can automatically do this for you such as Pill Pack. They will sort, package and deliver all medication from a doctors prescription.

  • 6

    Discuss finances – This can sometimes be a hard topic to bring up but it is important to help seniors living at home in this area. They will have many bills such as electricity and land rates. Decide if there is one family member who can help with finances or visit the State Attorney and appoint an impartial Power of Attorney who can do this. You can choose the level of assistance you want.

  • 7

    Fit smoke alarms into their home – It is very important that there be working smoke alarms in your elderly relatives home. Check that they are working at least twice a year. Discuss fire safety with them too. Point out exit plans and where they should go if a fire occurs.

  • 8

    Get a personal alarm for the elderly person – There are a number of alarms out there. Some are connected to the home phone and are monitored while others offer more freedom and use a mobile phone network so they can be used outside the home too, like the Jeenee Assist SOS Alarm. Being on a mobile network, you can also call them on the device, locate them and get notifications if they fall or move outside a certain area.

  • 9

    Purchase easy to put on clothes – The older we get, the harder it is to do up buttons or dresses with zippers up the back. Find clothes for your elderly family member, which are stretchy and comfortable. Items with elastic waists and easy to wash fabric are great. Just make sure you consult with your loved one as age can sometimes make people more fussy about styles and colours.

  • 1

    Declutter and make sure home is safe – In consultation with your loved one, move items that could be trip hazards such as rugs and cords. Put away items that clutter and crowd the home. You may need to simply move to a display cabinet or into a room that doesn’t get used often.

  • 2

    Get all the family involved – It’s important to make sure all immediate family are informed and involved. Have a meeting and regular updates on how things are going. Make a roster so that everyone knows how to help and your loved one know whom he or she can call when they need assistance.

  • 3

    Get to know their neighbours – Hopefully your elderly loved one will have already struck up a relationship with some of their neighbours. Get to know them and give them your contact details. They will be around more than you and may be able to give you the heads up if something seems different.

  • 4

    Get too know their GP – Your elderly loved on will more than likely visit their doctor regularly. Take some time to go along with them to visits, if possible. Determine which family member will be their main point of contact for discussions with the doctor.

  • 5

    Manage their medication – Firstly, understand what medication your loved one is taking. Then, help to prepare the medication by placing it into a container that is marked AM/PM daily. If you can’t get to do this, there are serviced that can automatically do this for you such as Pill Pack. They will sort, package and deliver all medication from a doctors prescription.

  • 6

    Discuss finances – This can sometimes be a hard topic to bring up but it is important to help seniors living at home in this area. They will have many bills such as electricity and land rates. Decide if there is one family member who can help with finances or visit the State Attorney and appoint an impartial Power of Attorney who can do this. You can choose the level of assistance you want.

  • 7

    Fit smoke alarms into their home – It is very important that there be working smoke alarms in your elderly relatives home. Check that they are working at least twice a year. Discuss fire safety with them too. Point out exit plans and where they should go if a fire occurs.

  • 8

    Get a personal alarm for the elderly person – There are a number of alarms out there. Some are connected to the home phone and are monitored while others offer more freedom and use a mobile phone network so they can be used outside the home too, like the Jeenee Assist SOS Alarm. Being on a mobile network, you can also call them on the device, locate them and get notifications if they fall or move outside a certain area.

  • 9

    Purchase easy to put on clothes – The older we get, the harder it is to do up buttons or dresses with zippers up the back. Find clothes for your elderly family member, which are stretchy and comfortable. Items with elastic waists and easy to wash fabric are great. Just make sure you consult with your loved one as age can sometimes make people more fussy about styles and colours.

  • 10

    Copy keys - Its a good idea for a few sets of keys to be given to family and friends. Make sure you discuss this with tour elderly relative so they know who has the keys and only give them to trusted people.

  • 11

    Encourage a hobby – As we age and have to stay at home more, we can feel isolated and alone. Look for ways that your senior loved one can get out an about, maybe via the local club courtesy bus or a senior citizen group. It is also a great idea to encourage your elderly relative to do something they love at home such as garden, cook, get onto Facebook or do craft. Look for ways for seniors to use their mind to avoid boredom and depression.

  • 12

    Get food delivered – Depending on how much help your homebound loved one is, look at different food delivery options. You could just get groceries and fruit/veg delivered, look at a make yourself meal service and there is always Meals on Wheels who do an amazing job feeding the elderly in need as well as offering a friendly face.

  • 13

    Consider a pet – This may not be for everyone but some elderly people enjoy the extra company of a pet. It could be a cat or a dog but there are other low care pets that may just suit their needs and give them that little extra bit of company when others are not around. Take a look at one of our previous lists with 17 low care pets.

  • 14

    Make contact every day – It isn’t always possible to visit a your elderly relative in their home every day but it is important that you reach out to them daily. If there are multiple family members and friends who are involved in their lives, make a roster so that you can spread out contact and have peace of mind knowing that your loved one will be able to speak to someone daily. If they are tech savy, consider using Whatsapp or Messenger too.

  • 15

    Sort out the lighting – Elderly people are often concerned about the cost of electricity but walking around a dark house can be dangerous. Buy some night lights or movement sensor lights to help with this. You could even get the Google Home lights so that all your loved one needs to do is say ‘turn on the lights’ or ‘turn off the lights’ and it will be all sorted.

  • 16

    Find an easy to use TV & Radio – Elderly people who are at home will most likely enjoy listening to the radio and watching the news on TV. Find products that are easy to use, don’t have too many functions and have simple remote controls. Think about using stickers and notes to help older people to use technology, which seems to get more complicated every day.

  • 17

    Get help if you need to – No matter how much you love your elderly relative and want them to remain independent at home, it sometimes isn’t that easy. The Australian Government has a number of services that can help you to keep your senior loved one in their home an take the stress off them and you.

  • 10

    Copy keys - Its a good idea for a few sets of keys to be given to family and friends. Make sure you discuss this with tour elderly relative so they know who has the keys and only give them to trusted people.

  • 11

    Encourage a hobby – As we age and have to stay at home more, we can feel isolated and alone. Look for ways that your senior loved one can get out an about, maybe via the local club courtesy bus or a senior citizen group. It is also a great idea to encourage your elderly relative to do something they love at home such as garden, cook, get onto Facebook or do craft. Look for ways for seniors to use their mind to avoid boredom and depression.

  • 12

    Get food delivered – Depending on how much help your homebound loved one is, look at different food delivery options. You could just get groceries and fruit/veg delivered, look at a make yourself meal service and there is always Meals on Wheels who do an amazing job feeding the elderly in need as well as offering a friendly face.

  • 13

    Consider a pet – This may not be for everyone but some elderly people enjoy the extra company of a pet. It could be a cat or a dog but there are other low care pets that may just suit their needs and give them that little extra bit of company when others are not around. Take a look at one of our previous lists with 17 low care pets.

  • 14

    Make contact every day – It isn’t always possible to visit a your elderly relative in their home every day but it is important that you reach out to them daily. If there are multiple family members and friends who are involved in their lives, make a roster so that you can spread out contact and have peace of mind knowing that your loved one will be able to speak to someone daily. If they are tech savy, consider using Whatsapp or Messenger too.

  • 15

    Sort out the lighting – Elderly people are often concerned about the cost of electricity but walking around a dark house can be dangerous. Buy some night lights or movement sensor lights to help with this. You could even get the Google Home lights so that all your loved one needs to do is say ‘turn on the lights’ or ‘turn off the lights’ and it will be all sorted.

  • 16

    Find an easy to use TV & Radio – Elderly people who are at home will most likely enjoy listening to the radio and watching the news on TV. Find products that are easy to use, don’t have too many functions and have simple remote controls. Think about using stickers and notes to help older people to use technology, which seems to get more complicated every day.

  • 17

    Get help if you need to – No matter how much you love your elderly relative and want them to remain independent at home, it sometimes isn’t that easy. The Australian Government has a number of services that can help you to keep your senior loved one in their home an take the stress off them and you.

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