Having parents living with you who need special care and support means you need to put time into taking care of them. It also means you might have to change your home layout slightly to better enable them to move around freely. Great care has to be taken to keep accidents and other mishaps from taking place. Making a few alterations around your home can help them live with minimum support. Here are few ideas on making they lives a bit simpler.
Flooring To Make Movement Easy
Consider installing anti skill flooring for the bathrooms and other areas that have the tendency to get wet. This is very important to keep and prevent the elderly from slipping and hurting themselves. Places like the kitchen can also get wet as the chances for spills to occur are high. There are many anti slip and anti-skid flooring option that you could consider. These flooring come in easy to install options and most of them can be done by yourself. Look to flooring that is light coloured as this will make it possible to see anything that has fallen. Things like pins and other tiny objects can go unknotted on a busy floor pattern, so something that is simple and clean will be best.
Change the Entry Ways and Doorways
If you have someone who needs special equipment like wheelchairs, it is best to remove steps and/or entry way bumps, and replace it with ramps and flat surfaces to make movement easy. For garage entrances replace steps with raps to make it possible for them to get in and get out of the vehicles easily. When the elderly parents go through a lot of trouble having to move around, they tend to get frustrated and irritated, this can bring down their emotions and make them feel unhappy. To keep up their spirits and keep them happy it is best to alter the home in such manner they feel that can handle most things on their own. This in turn will make them happy and boost their health.
Invest In Professional Assistance
Even though it is important for your parents to feel independent, it is important that they have some sort of in home support. These professionals provide services such as grooming, bathing and all needs associated with a healthy appearance. They are also trained and knowable in preparing meals according to the requirements of the individual concerned. If your parents are able to prepare the meals themselves they are able to provide help and assistance during meal preparation times. Thus making your parents feel that they are in control. Most of these service providers also assist in running errands and doing the basic shopping on your behalf for your parents.
Before you can hire any service, it is important that you asses your needs and then discuss with the individuals concerned. Their say and n put is important. At the end of the day this is for them and not you. Before taking up a care giver, make your parents to sit down and have a chat to see if they are happy with the individual before you can sign up to a commitment with them.