As you have surely noticed, life moves at a fast pace – whether you want it to or not! Once you get to a certain age or stage in life, it feels as if some things slow down a little more than others. Whether you want it to or not applies here, as well. Take some proactive steps to help you help yourself find the best options for aging in place and being happy in your own home.
Make Stairs Accessible
Contrary to a long-held belief, you do not need to move into a one-story home as you grow older. If you live in a multi-story residence, you have options for moving around with safety and ease from one level to another.
Install a curved stair lift to fit into the design of your curved staircase. Having a beautiful curved staircase does not prohibit you from adding a stair lift. A high-quality stair lift can be custom designed to fit the dimensions of your stairway, including those with multiple landings or spiral staircases.
They are battery-operated so you do not have to worry about access or rely on others for your mobility if the power goes out. Additionally, the chair can be fitted with additional safety features and folded up and out of the way when you are not using it.
Depending upon your needs, there are options for installing straight stair lifts, outdoor stair lifts, and home elevators. There are many solutions to your stair accessibility concerns.
Technology can be confusing for some, but do not let it be a roadblock to ease of access and safety. This video will guide you through some ideas on how to integrate technology into your home to make it more livable for you as you age.
Hire Professional Caregivers
Your family and friends do not need to be your only helpers and companions. When they need respite or if they choose to maintain their family or friend role, look to professional caregivers. There are some essential steps you should go through to vet them before hiring anyone to come into your home.
Always research the home health agency you are interested in working with. Check with the Better Business Bureau for any concerns or violations. Ensure they are licensed and that each worker has had a thorough background check before beginning in their position.
Find out what certifications they hold, such as CPR. Finally, look online for reviews to get an idea of their reputation.
Once you find an agency you are interested in, make an appointment for a worker to visit your home. You will have an opportunity to talk with them and see how comfortable you are with each other.
Do not worry if it is not a good fit; not everyone has an immediate connection. Feel free to contact the agency and request another employee interview. After all, you need to feel happy and comfortable in your own home.
When you are making future healthcare and home accessibility decisions regarding your aging family members, be sure to talk them over with everyone that will be impacted by the decisions. Be open and honest about your wishes. Remember that you are all working towards the same goal of keeping everyone happy, healthy, and safely in the best place for them.