Housing choices for the elderly

When it comes to thinking about retirement, many people will look at their housing options and may consider downsizing from their family home when their children have grown and moved into their own properties. For some they will decide to adapt their existing homes to any specific needs that they need for any disabilities, mobility issues or medical conditions that may arise. In order to do this they may utilise the services of a Live in Care Plymouth company to come in and help them with everyday tasks.

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There are many different options available when looking into retirement accommodation that includes everything from single storey dwelling right through to sheltered accommodation. If you decide to stay in your existing home in order to maintain your independence for as long as possible there are a number of things that you may want to consider investing in, or at least researching just in case you may need them in the future.

Specialist equipment – this may include any of the following and all will be aimed at making your daily life that little bit easier and to make you safer in your own home:

  • Stair lifts
  • Handrails
  • Walking aids such as trolleys and sticks
  • Walk in showers and wet room facilities should they be needed
  • Long handled grabbers
  • Chair raisers

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Some people like to sign up for safety devices such as “Life Line” which is a medical alert programme that  gives you 24 hour safety in terms of being able to press the pendant that you carry around your neck should you trip or fall at home and need immediate help. Not only does this give the individual a sense of security but also gives the family members peace of mind knowing that their loved ones can get help should they need it.

When mobility and other health issue progress to the point where more support is needed, but remaining at home is still desired you can contact a Live in Care Plymouth company as mentioned above and have them come in to support the individual with everyday tasks such as personal hygiene, cooking meals and even tasks such as shopping and house cleaning. This allows the individual to stay in their own home for as long as possible and has been proven to be very effective for most and also helps to support their mental wellbeing, whilst staying in surrounding they feel comfortable in.

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Kim Lee lives in Tampa, Florida and focuses on living an intentionally happy life, helping others live better, and having a whole lot of fun. She loves to write, read, enjoy the outdoors, and play with dogs.

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