Aging well at home is the wish of every individual who wants to live their retirement fully and serenely. To stay at home as long as possible, certain measures must be taken into account. Daily organization must be carried out in order to protect yourself or your elderly relatives.
To help you to better grasp this new stage of life, here are some tips to consider
1. Arrange your living space
With age, lifestyles change. The accommodation and its environment are sometimes no longer suitable for seniors (eg: house with several levels, unsuitable bathroom, crowded spaces, etc.). Some questions need to be asked to find out if your accommodation is sufficiently suited to your needs.
- If you live in a lodge
- Is your house easily accessible from the public road? Stairs, slope, steep path.
- Is your house on one level or does it have the main rooms on the ground floor? Kitchen, toilets, bathroom and bedroom?
- If you live in an apartment
- Is your apartment on the ground floor or accessible by lift?
- Are the common areas and the environment of your residence adapted to your needs? easily accessible from the public road, same thing for parking.
More generally, other important criteria must be taken into account in your accommodation (elements of the bathroom, presence of objects that may present a risk for the senior, etc.). To identify them, it is possible to call on an occupational therapist who will carry out an audit of the accommodation.
2. Move into accommodation suitable for seniors
If the main accommodation for the elderly is no longer suited to their needs and physical capacities, there is suitable accommodation for the elderly. These dwellings can be apartments or small houses. They are non-medical and allow seniors to always feel at home, with their furniture, but in an environment that offers many services (eg: library, laundry area, hairdressing salon, etc.).
3. Maintain regular physical activity
Regular physical activity adapted to one’s physical capacities is essential for health. This is to promote the autonomy of the senior and keep fit. Whatever your age, it is essential to fight against a sedentary lifestyle which can be at the origin of disorders that can have an impact on physical and mental well-being.
Walking is the favorite activity of seniors, it can be done alone or in a group, which also helps maintain a social bond. Other activities that are gentler on the body can also be practiced to treat or relieve joint pain, for example.
4. Maintain a healthy and regular diet
Nutritional needs in the elderly change but do not decrease. Maintaining a good diet is extremely important for the body and helps increase its immune system. This is to avoid a general weakening which could have serious consequences for health.
Many older people may suffer from a lack of appetite, also linked to a lack of activity, of a daily routine. It is therefore appropriate for those close to them to ensure that meals are taken in sufficient quantity and on a regular basis. If this is not the case, a few solutions can be considered to overcome this problem of undernutrition.
5. Maintain a social bond (Family, friends, neighbors)
With the expansion of new technologies with which seniors are increasingly comfortable, maintaining social ties is now easier. Mobile phone, instant messaging and video application, seniors feel less alone and closer to those around them.
Despite this, many seniors suffer from isolation, linked to the loss of a spouse or even distance from the family. This is why it is important to keep or engage in social, cultural activities outside the home in order to meet people and promote sharing. Regular contact helps improve morale, which is bound to have a positive impact on general health.
6. Stimulate your mind
Today’s retirees mainly take advantage of the leisure activities available to them, to cultivate social ties with their family, their friends, their neighbors … etc. For example, participate in creative leisure workshops such as sewing, knitting, painting or even gardening and crafts can stimulate your brain and keep your activity regular. In addition, these activities can be practiced alone at home or in groups in seniors dedicated clubs, for example.
Stimulating his mind is very important for the senior from every point of view. The senior sets a daily routine which is very important for sleep, appetite and general morale.
7. Be observant
Being observant, whether for a young worker or for a retiree is just as important. Good compliance means taking your medication under the conditions indicated by the doctor – that is, the right dose, the right medicine and at the right time.
The more we advance in age, the more we are confronted with health problems, in particular the occurrence of chronic pathologies (eg high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, etc.) or disease (Alzheimer’s for example) which are particularly impacted by compliance. The consequences of non-observance can have serious repercussions for the health of the senior, it is therefore necessary to respect his treatment as much as possible.
For this there are many solutions to promote drug intake (eg: manual or electronic pill dispensers).
8. Call in a home Care services company
Human assistance can sometimes be considered as soon as the first signs of loss of autonomy are identified by those around them or even a health professional.
It can be one-off help with household chores (ironing, cleaning, shopping) or daily help with washing, helping with clothing, preparing meals, etc.
9. Find out about the various financial aids
As soon as a person calls for home care services, home services or for a remote assistance service, it is necessary to first find out about the solutions offered by your municipality or the departmental council and about the aids that can be allocated. Indeed, depending on your income, your place of residence, your complementary health, etc., certain assistance, allocation or support can be put in place for this type of solution.
10. Install a remote assistance device
Setting up a helpline services can be a good complement to human assistance. This service makes it possible to watch over the senior when he lives alone at his home and can act in the event of a problem. There are different remote support solutions on the market today, and are usually linked to a 24/7 support center.
This service, generally desired by those around them, allows them to be reassured at the idea of knowing their loved one is safe. Some solutions also integrate a mobile application enabling daily monitoring for the elderly.