Research shows that overwhelmingly seniors want to stay in their homes as they get older. But for seniors that are trying to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or lung diseases living at home is only an option if they find ways to live safely at home. Thankfully there are lots of things that seniors with chronic illnesses and their families can do to make sure that seniors who want to live at home are able to stay in their homes as they age. 24-hour home care services are the best way to make sure that seniors are safe at home.
Some of the things that can keep seniors with chronic illnesses safe living at home include:
24-Hour Home Care
When seniors have 24-hour home care there is always someone with them to make sure that they are eating enough, drinking water, getting their medication, and getting to sleep at a reasonable hour. Seniors who have 24-hour care also have someone with them to encourage them to do the things they need to do to manage their illness like being more active, eating healthy meals, and getting enough sleep.
Grocery delivery saves time and effort for everyone, but it can be game-changing for seniors who have chronic illnesses. When seniors are trying to manage the symptoms of a chronic illness things like shopping can be too difficult for them physically or emotionally. Walking around a large store, the physical activity of picking things up and putting them in a cart, and then pushing that heavy cart all through the store and to their car can be so stressful that seniors just don’t do it. As a result, they don’t get the healthy nutritious meals they need to eat to help manage their condition. With grocery delivery, seniors can get all of their favorite healthy foods without the stress of shopping.
Labor Saving Technology
Labor saving technology can make it much easier for seniors with physical illnesses to manage at home. Voice-activated lights, doorbells, faucets, and more can allow seniors who have physical challenges that make it difficult to do things for themselves to be comfortable and safe at home. With a combination of technology and 24-hour home care, seniors can be very happy and safe at home even if they have chronic conditions that can make some things difficult.
One of the easiest but most effective ways to make your senior parent’s home safe for them is to have better lighting installed. Motion-activated smart lights can make a big difference for seniors who can’t turn on switches because of arthritis. When they walk into a room the lights will automatically go on, and they will turn off automatically when your senior parent leaves the room. Motion-activated lighting in the hallways means that seniors can safely walk through the hallways without fumbling for a light switch. And under step lighting on the stairs helps prevent falls when seniors go up or down the stairs.