Delivering care at home to an elderly parent or relative can be a challenging prospect, but staying within a familiar and safe environment can be the best option for their health and well-being.
However, their own home may not be practical for your loved ones as they get older and their mobility becomes more limited. Adding adaptations to suit their needs can help them to retain independence and remain in their own home throughout their later years.
- Installing an outdoor ramp or step rail to make entering or exiting the home easier.
- Positioning handrails or bannisters along hallways and up the stairs to allow access to all levels of the home.
- Fitting a stairlift or elevator will aid those with limited mobility to access the upper floors of their home or to access an apartment.
- Adding grab rails to the bath or shower and by the toilet can help with maintaining balance and preventing falls.
- Fitting a bath lift, walk-in bathtub or a wet room can help those with limited mobility.
- Raised toilet seats can make it easier to sit down and stand up from the toilet.
- Replacing floors with a non-slip material can help to prevent falls, especially in areas that get wet, such as the bathroom.
- Widening doorways to accommodate wheelchairs can make it easier to navigate through the home.
- Lowering kitchen tops or counters can assist with meal preparation for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
- Replacing knobs with lever-style door handles and taps can make them easier to use.
- Installing motion sensor lights can be helpful for those with visual impairments.
- Emergency alert systems such as pendant alarms or a wall-mounted button allows for help to be called in an emergency.
Home and/or needs assessment
You can request a free home and/or needs assessment from your local authority. The home assessment will assess your home in relation to your requirements and recommend adaptations that can assist with living independently at home. Depending on your circumstances, there may be assistance with paying for some of the recommended adaptations.
A needs assessment will look at how everyday tasks are managed and where any difficulties are happening. The council may recommend home help from a paid carer to assist with everyday needs such as washing, getting dressed and preparing meals.
In-home help for the elderly
At Bright Care, we believe that people in their later years can remain at home, retain their independence and dignity and live full and happy lives. Home adaptions can assist with this, as can in-home help for the elderly from Bright Care. Our companionship style of care is regulated and award winning, and receives excellent feedback from our clients.
We offer a bespoke range of care services including hourly daytime care, live-in care, overnight care and specialist dementia or Alzheimer care. Our care at home is tailored for your loved one’s specific needs. To ensure we offer the best possible elder care, our Care Assistants undergo a rigorous recruitment process and in-depth training at our Bright Care Training Academy. We offer our live-in care services nationwide and our hourly services are available throughout Scotland and the South East of England.