Make Life Easier for Your Elderly Parents

Posted on Mar 16 2016 - 6:53am

 Elderly ParentsOld people may not have the same physical strength and control they used to anymore. Their memory won’t stay the same, either. This is what makes it so difficult to care for elderly parents.

But take heart if you’re taking care of your aging mother or father. There are ways to make life easier for them, thereby making life easier for you, as well. Here are a few ideas worth considering.

Make the house easier to navigate

They may not be as strong or capable anymore, but your old folks want to keep their independence for as long as they can. Make some adjustments at the house to make this possible. For example, get a walk-in bathtub to replace the old, conventional one. It’s easier for them to get in it without having to be carried. It’s also safer. A portable model doesn’t need any installation, so think about choosing this type of bath. Don’t forget to install grab bars inside the bathroom, though, adds

Have some new tap lights installed everywhere so it’s not difficult for your elderly loved one to see in the dark, and they don’t have to go back and forth to switch on lights in the house. The stairs are a good place to put these lights, for example.

If your loved one has to use a walker or a wheelchair, make sure everything is accessible via a ramp or even an elevator.

Install new alarms

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are important. Get models that don’t just have an alarm but blinking lights also, to catch your loved one’s attention even if their hearing isn’t as good as it used to be. As for appliances, replace them with ones that have an automatic shut-off function if these are available. Give your loved one a keyfinder keychain that emits a sound or even blinks every few minutes so they always know where they left their keys.

It’s easier more than ever to care for our elders, given the automation of most technologies nowadays. Incorporate any of these ideas, or better yet, use all of them for a truly geriatric-proof house.