As we all age getting around in every possible way becomes a little bit more difficult. The situation varies from person to person—old nagging injuries can wreak havoc on a hip for one person while the general degradation of our bodies can serve as a means needing a walker for another.
In light of the differences faced by individuals, there are some general guidelines that can be applied across the board in the unending effort to help a loved one live a more independent life as they age. Independent living products go a long way in preventing the accidental fall, the inadvertent burn of an oven-prepped food item, or difficulty in cutting construction paper for crafty moments with the grandkids. So, how does one get the ball rolling when it comes to helping out a loved one in need of such products? Take a look at some of the tips below to get things moving in helping your aged loved ones get around free of worry.
Meet with your particular loved one in need, inviting anyone else who is involved in their care or general oversight. Clearly state the expectations and intent, make sure that all are on the same page, identifying the general concerns that are easy to spot. Do not hold back but be forward in the approach, illustrating the wants and needs, and making sure all voices are heard.
Once a general outline is set up, look at your loved one's home to assess current and future needs. Many independent living products such as shower and toilet seats, grab bars, no-slip mats and rugs do indeed make life easier and do as they are expected. If you want to know the full gamut of what is out there, you may browse our bounty of independent living products or even track down any number of governmental organizations and/or private companies that can help here as well. There are occupational therapists also that can pay a visit to recommend independent living products and other ways to make your loved one's home safer and easier to navigate.
Implement the plan for everyday use. Make part of the plan activities that match the mood and/or general interests of your loved ones as detailed per time of day. If your loved one likes to sleep in and stay up late, set up activities that involve getting outside to enjoy hobbies or cooking. AbleMart carries plenty of independent living products that can make these activities easier and more enjoyable.
The overall scope of the plan needs to consist also of making sure that your loved one's practical needs are met. If they are unable to drive legally, what options are out there as far as transportation goes? What is your loved one capable of domestically? Any chores or housekeeping tasks that they can handle without difficulty? We also carry several independent living products that can make transportation and household tasks easier.
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