As you grow older it may become more and more difficult for you to remain in your home. This may mean moving to a family member’s house or moving into residential care. Although this may be a great relief for some elderly people, for many others it is a very upsetting experience. It is important to remember that there are ways in which you can stay in your own home for longer. Below is a list of five tips that may help you remain in your own home for a few more months, a few more years or even longer!
1. Adapting your home
If you are considering moving into a bungalow or residential care due to mobility issues, then a stairlift might be the answer for you. Stairlifts are becoming easier and easier to operate, and the best models are equipped with many safety features. A stairlift is much more affordable than moving home, especially if you consider reconditioned stairlifts.
Other adaptions include plugs with handles, adjustable kitchen units and walk-in-baths.
2. Meals on Wheels
Issues like arthritis can make cooking very difficult for some elderly people. If you have family members then you may be able to visit them for a meal. However, another helpful service is “Meals on Wheels” which is offered by most local councils. This service usually involves a small fee.
3. Claim your Benefits
You may be entitled to numerous benefits that you are not receiving! Attendance Allowance, Housing Allowance and Council Tax Allowance to name but a few. Find out what benefits you are entitled to by visiting the direct.gov website.
4. Shopping Deliveries
It can be particularly difficult for some elderly people to get their shopping. It often means relying on friends and family to help. Either that or take the bus and have to carry heavy bags all the way home. Nowadays it is easy to order shopping online from one of the main supermarket chains. This will allow you to have your shopping delivered right to your door!
5. Keep Warm
During the winter months it’s especially important to keep warm. Cold weather presents a risk to elderly people, with thousands of deaths in the home being caused by the cold every year! Some ideas for keeping warm include gas/oil heating, electric heaters, electric blankets, hot water bottles and extra covers.
Here at Associated Stairlifts, we regularly install new, used and reconditioned stairlifts. If you would like to know more then get in touch with us today!