As we get older, staying independent in the home can start to become quite difficult. With mobility not being quite as good as it used to be, topped with health conditions that can be quite limiting, it can seem more important than ever to stay independent in your home.
The good news is that more and more of us can live in our home quite independently thanks to the many gadgets and tools that can help us remain almost as active as we once were.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels can be something of a lifesaver if you can no longer manage to cook yourself a meal, or you’re not a whiz in the kitchen. Cooked and frozen meals are usually available from local councils or private companies who offer good quality meals up to 3 times a day for a good price. While having your meals delivered may mean that you rely on someone to prepare them and deliver them to your home, it allows you to eat when and where you please and enjoy nutritious meals whenever you wish.
The Magic of Stairlifts
If you are finding it hard to manage the stairs in your home you may have considered moving to a bungalow or a flat. This is where the magic of stairlifts can help, by taking you up and down your stairs safely and comfortably. Although some stairlifts can be a little pricey you could find a reconditioned one that works perfectly well and costs a little less. Stairlifts not only take away the burden of climbing those dreaded stairs, but they also allow you to stay independent in your own home.
Low mobility may make standing in a shower or taking a bath a lot harder than it used to be. This is where shower stools can make a huge difference. Height adjustable and available in different designs such as a corner, folding, or aluminium shower stools, they are comfortable, secure, and allow you to take a shower when you wish without worrying about your mobility.
Raised Toilet Seats
Using the toilet can be difficult if your mobility is not what it once was. Raised toilet seats can help you to stay independent while maintaining your dignity. Made to fit on most toilets, raised toilet seats are strong, sturdy, and ideal if you have trouble standing or sitting.
Assistive technology has been around for years but it has never been able to do quite so much. Using assistive technology (Also known as ‘Telecare’) you can alert someone should you have a fall. The beauty of assistive technology is that it can also make the right people aware if there’s a fire in your home, if there’s a gas leak, or if you have been inactive for a while, Sensors that are placed in your home will be triggered in the event of a flood or smoke being detected and a trained operator or friend or relative will be notified so you get the assistance you need.
Thanks to the many gadgets and gizmos that are now available to buy or rent, you can stay independent in your home for many years, knowing that should you need a helping hand there is always one nearby.