Of course it’s great if your ageing mother or father can stay living for as long as possible in their familiar and trusted surroundings. But often that demands quite a lot from you as their daughter – or son. You feel responsible. You wonder if they can cope. Elderly care is a huge and very important matter. And that’s precisely because, according to “Ageing population and elderly care” we’re all getting older and more of us are continuing to live independently at home. Stannah has some tips for you to help you care for your ageing mother or father.
Dealing with Health issues
Getting older often goes hand in hand with illness, and the sort of health problems associated with old age, like reduced vision, hearing loss, diabetes, bones broken in falls, osteoporosis, incontinence; and dementia. It’s sad but true that there’s nothing that can be done about many ailments, for they’re the bodily consequences and limitations that simply come with age. Of course, medicines and various aids can alleviate some of the symptoms; things like glasses of the right prescription or a hearing aid. The chance of a fall can also be reduced if your elderly parents exercise and learn to adopt safe habits. Read more here in the Stannah blog entry Reducing the risk of falling A varied and healthy diet and exercise are important; certainly for older people.
Can your parents stay at home? Do they want to? Then take a long hard look at the house. You can read about whether their home is safe from the point of view of falling or fire in this blog entry from Stannah: Checklist: staying safely in your own home
Sometimes gadgets or modifications in the home can improve safety. Examples include:
- handles in the bathroom and lavatory
- Anti-slip mats; in the bath, shower and placed under the carpets
- A stairlift to give greater mobility
- a walker, for improved mobility in and out of doors.
Older people who live in sheltered accommodation or a care-home have frequent contact with other people. There will be activities every day, or they can eat together. But sadly, loneliness is common among old people. Make sure your parent goes out, or at least receives visits from time to time.