One thing in life that is guaranteed is, we all grow older. It is something we have no control over, and with ageing this brings on new challenges in life. For many of us we have watched our grandparents and now parents getting older. We see things that we take for granted, are not so easy anymore.
One area that is noticeable is mobility. When we are younger, this is something we just take naturally, not noticing how we slow down. Or how things we did without thinking suddenly become harder. I have seen this in my parents, I suddenly realised how their mobility is changing. Just little things but still noticeable,
How can we help?
As we get older, so do our parents, one day we suddenly realise roles are reversing, as we start to take care of them. This can be a shock as you never really see it coming, You are the one who needs the answers, and be there. I know from experience that moment you suddenly realise your parents are elderly and do need support. The one thing I noticed first was mobility, they were slower in walking, sometimes losing their balance and falling. Over 50% of people over the age of 60 will have a fall this year (Source: Taking Care) so it’s very important we try to minimise these falls.
There is help out there, search Age UK Mobility and they come up with suggestions to help those with mobility issues. Plus also give you peace of mind.
One main area is the stairs, something we all take for granted every day, several times a day. But for someone elderly this can be more like getting ready to climb the highest mountain. With a Stairlift they can go up and down the stairs safely and also carry things up or down. Which before would have been a danger to them.
Walk In Baths and Showers
This is one that seems to have been a problem in with my parents. Suddenly they find it difficult getting in and out of the bath, or slipping in the shower. Updating the bathroom will maintain their Independence plus giving everyone peace of mind.
It is a difficult subject to talk about, looking at these two options really can make a difference and the one thing I have learnt when dealing with elderly relatives is. They refuse to admit they need the help this way they keep their Independence and stay safe.
Have you had to look at these options? Or do you have any other ideas that would benefit others?