6 Independent Living Tips for the Disabled & Elderly

It’s hard letting your disabled child fly the nest and gain their own independence or leaving your elderly parent as their independence fades. You want them to be independent, but you can’t help worrying about if they can or are coping. Here are 6 tips that can help your disabled child or elderly relative, live in a safer home to ease yours and their mind.

1. Smoke and Gas Detectors – This will alert them if they forget about their dinner in the oven or they turn on the gas ring but forget to ignite it. Some Detectors are able to send alerts to your phone, so you can call them to check to see if everything is ok.

2. Flood detection – Home appliances like the washing machine are likely to fail eventually and pipes can start to leak causing some flooding. They may not notice the leak until serious damage has been done or maybe out when it occurs. Having a detector placed near water pipes and washing machines that can alert you through your mobile if a flood is detected can help reduce the amount of damage that would otherwise have been done.

3. Get friendly with the neighbours – You may not have time to visit your child or elderly relative, so making friends with the neighbours could benefit you. They can check on them when you can’t. Also, if a problem arises and you are at work, you can ask the neighbour if they can help out.

4. Home care – You can employ a care company that will go into their home once or twice a day to help them with housework or cooking meals if required. The downside to this is that Home care can be very expensive.

5. Teaching your child about how to live independently – Living on your own is going to be scary no matter who you are as you don’t know what you may have to encounter. Making sure that your child is ready for as many situations as possible will make you feel more at ease. Things that you can teach them could include cooking, cleaning, washing their clothes, dealing with people at the door, paying bills (only if they are capable) and more.

6. A panic button linked to an alarm system, which they can wear, would enable them to alert you or an agency to take appropriate action.

Now that you have prepared your child for independent living, the only thing left to do is buy some tissues for the big moving day.

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‪Safety ‬‬for the ‪elderly‬‬ begins at ‪‎home‬‬‬‬‬

With advancements in health, people are living longer than ever before, with many living active, robust lives, well into their senior years. The trouble is that as we get older our bodies change, we begin to move slower, our sight deteriorates and we begin to lose some of the core strength needed to maintain balance - even though the mind might think otherwise! A combination of these weaknesses can lead to accidents such as falls, which can cause injury. Many of us have elderly relatives and I'm sure would agree that safety for the elderly is important but fortunately there are plenty of things that can be done to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle is maintained for as long as is practical.

Create A Safe Home:

Continue to enjoy the independence of living in at home. Start by walking around the home and look for potential areas which could become a hazard. Pay attention to things such as stairs, loose electrical cords, slippery areas and dimly lit areas.

Tips for preventing falls:

• Install handrails which run the entire length of the stairs on both sides of the staircase. This should give optimum amount of support when going up and down the stairs. The other option is to get a stair lift, however this an expensive option.

• Add automated lighting to light up rooms when entered. This prevents any hazards that can happen in the dark.

• Install grab bars in the bathroom. Particularly near the toilet and bath/shower. The bars will give extra support to get up.

• Keep stairs and walk ways clear. Trip hazards are a big problem for everyone, but can affect an elderly person more as it is more difficult for an elderly person to get back up.

• Get any chipped or broken flooring fixed. Much like the last point, this could cause a serious trip hazard.

The Government is proactively pushing independent living and this is unlikely to change in the near future, so anything we can do to help safeguard the health and safety of our elderly could save a lot of suffering as well as stress from worrying about the injury they sustained.

We have a system that can help, which can provide alerts direct to your mobile - to find out more about how it works click here.