As you age, your body may not work like it used to. While it may be difficult to admit that, your health and safety may rely on your willingness to do just that. According to the CDC, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall every 11 seconds. 55% of those fall injuries occur in the home. The good news is that there is something you can do to better prepare for accidents like these and other age-related health issues. These healthcare tips are a great place to start to address your own home healthcare.
1. Get Technology Assistance
While fitness trackers have become a fad for people of every age, they take on special importance for senior care. Simple, wearable devices can constantly monitor things like heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and blood pressure.
Some come with emergency call buttons and internal GPS chips in case you need assistance. Find the right tracker for you. You’ll find some peace of mind.
Whether you are up for a regular walk, some light weight lifting, or some yoga practice, finding an exercise routine is vital to your continued health.
Not only does regular exercise help keep your muscles active and toned, but it also promotes blood flow, cardiovascular health and helps your body’s ability to maintain balance.
3. Get Home Healthcare Help
Find a home healthcare service that can send a nurse or provider to your home for regular check-ins. These service providers can not only help you make a plan for managing your own health, but they can also hold you accountable, help you recover from a medical procedure, and keep an eye on your vital measurements.
So many in-home options for elderly care are available these days that it is not only widely available but increasingly affordable as Medicare covers much of the costs associated.
4. Renovate Your Home
You don’t have to completely overhaul your kitchen with the newest style trends. Instead, there are a few simple and inexpensive changes you can make to make your home a little safer for you as you age.
- Add grab bars in your bathroom
- Put a seat in your shower
- Use a lazy Susan in your kitchen to make things easier to access
- Install a ramp leading up to your front door
- Add pull out cabinet shelves to your kitchen
Wherever you can make small changes that make it easier to reach things without bending over too low or reaching up too high, do it. Finding ways to give yourself a little support as you go about your daily business can help keep you safe.
5. Grow Your Network
An often overlooked area of senior care is mental health. As you age, you are more likely to spend time alone and disengaged from friends and family. That lifestyle often leads to feelings of depression and isolation.
Connect with family, friends, or local senior groups to make sure you maintain a social outlet. Surrounding yourself with other people keeps you up and moving outside of your home. It will improve your emotional well-being, as well.
Aging the Right Way
Aging means you’ll need to change some things in your home and lifestyle to stay healthy. When you accept that and make those small changes, you’ll feel better, stay healthier, and continue to live an enriching life for years to come.
When you’re ready to find a home healthcare partner, contact us. We have the people, the know-how, and the compassion to help you thrive in your golden years.