Ensuring effortless movement between rooms is one of the best, and most simple, ways to encourage independence in the home, both from an ease-of-use and safety standpoint. Remove anything which could cause trips or falls, such as rugs and wires, and add additional lighting (and motion sensors) where necessary, to both inside and outside the house. For individuals with impaired sight, place brightly coloured tape to the edges of stairs for additional support.
By making movement between rooms as seamless as possible you will not only increase the patient’s safety but also reduce the need for a carer to be present.
5. HAVE A MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM IN PLACE
Having a trusted medical alert system in place enables seniors to continue living autonomously, yet rest assured that if something was to happen, an alarm would automatically become triggered. Medical alert systems are therefore vital in ensuring that independence doesn’t compromise safety. Please see PCMagazine’s comprehensive guide for a full rundown of medical alert systems.
Also worth looking into is Medical ID jewellery, which ensures patients can be quickly identified in terms of their conditions/medications, for timely and accurate medical help.
Additionally, you can take advantage of telehealth to keep tabs on several conditions, including high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and urinary infections. Your patient may be eligible for telehealth free of charge from your local council; complete a care needs assessment to find out.
6. PLAN FOR SAFETY
Staying safe when living alone with mobility or strength issues is viable with the right independent living aids and tips. Make sure patients have all important numbers pre-programmed into their phones, as well as physically printed. These should include; 999 (emergency services), 111 (for urgent medical concerns), 101 (to report a burglary), as well as the numbers of close friends, family members and their doctor.
Fall systems should also be in place as a safety precaution, and specialist smoke alarms installed, especially if your patient has hearing or visual difficulties. Specialist smoke alarms are wirelessly connected, meaning that if one is triggered, all are triggered, and some even feature vibrating pads. Get in touch with your local fire and rescue service to discuss these specialist options further. If you need assistance installing home security and safety measures, you can call upon Age UK’s handyperson services.
If your patient lives in an area prone to flooding, make sure to have a flood kit prepared. Every individual living alone should also have a basic first aid kit to hand.
INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS
With today’s modern advancements, disabled and senior independent living is more possible than ever. To maintain your patient’s independence, you should invest in proper independent living supplies, most of which take care of simple daily activities. When added up, these independent living products enable noticeably greater self-sufficiency.
1. KETTLE, JUG AND TEAPOT TIPPERS