Preparing Your Home For An Elderly Parent requires some special effort.
Recently, I published an article about how to take care of an elderly parent the right way. However, one thing that was missed was how you should prepare if you are planning on bringing an elderly parent to live with you. This is an action that a lot of young adults are taking these days to save their parents the hassle and stress of moving into a retirement home. There are definitely issues with this step as well as a vast array of benefits. One factor you should keep in mind is the ways that you will need to change your home to accommodate your elderly parent.
Make It Safe
First, you need to ensure that the home is safe for your elderly parent. Be prepared for the fact that the level of safety that a young couple needs and the safety features an elderly individual needs are quite different. The reason for this is that they are more vulnerable. For instance, you might need to add some more security to the front door. Particularly, if there are going to be various times when your elderly parent is left by themselves in the home. You might also want to set up a stair gate as if they do slip or fall, it’s quite likely that it will occur on the stairs. Adding a rail to the bathroom is also going to be quite useful.
Make Them Feel Comfortable
You should also consider how you can make your elderly parent feel more comfortable in your home. An easy way to do this would be by bringing their furniture into your home. You can explore different furniture transport quotes online to ensure that this doesn’t end up costing you a fortune. It’s important to make sure that there is a space in your home that feels completely theirs. This can be their bedroom or a different room in your home. It should be an area where they can have privacy and relax. That’s particularly vital if you have young kids in the house.
Think About Specific Needs
Finally, you might find that your elderly parent has specific needs that relates to their health and their wellbeing. For instance, you might find that your elderly parent has mobility issues. If that’s the case then it doesn’t make sense to force them to travel up and downstairs each day. Instead, you should think about setting up their bedroom downstairs, if there’s everything they need down there like a toilet. Alternatively, your elderly parent might have dementia and if that’s the case, areas like the kitchen must be redesigned the right way.
If you feel you may struggle with certain tasks you can also look to a health care agency. They provide specialists who can help and assist with a wide variety of tasks. Of course, do your research and see who is most suitable to you and your needs. My northern California friends should chat with my daughter. For my friends in CT, I hear good things about Home Healthcare Visiting Nurse New Milford, CT. For my SoCal friends, I can use a referral.
If you take the key steps here then you will be taking great steps towards avoiding any unexpected visits to the hospital. It is so important to do your best to provide your elderly parents with a comfortable and comforting environment.
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy
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