Dec 19, 2022
There really is no place like home! It’s where we want to be after a bad day. It’s the place that holds all of our family memories. It’s our sanctuary. That’s why one of the biggest fears many people have as they start to get older is having to leave all of that behind. Whether that means leaving to downsize into a smaller property or moving into an assisted living facility, it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. No, imagine you could postpone that farewell - perhaps indefinitely. At AIP Mobility Plus, we are always thinking about what we can do to help seniors to stay in their homes for longer and keep a tight hold on their independence.
With that in mind, here are 4 tips to help seniors live independently for longer!
It’s never easy to admit that you need help. Many aging people fear that asking for help will trigger their worst fears of being pushed to leave their beloved homes and enter assisted living. This certainly is not the case! At AIP Mobility Plus, we believe that living independently does not mean you can’t depend on others for certain things. If some tasks are beyond your capabilities, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Maybe that means someone is coming in to mop the floors once or twice a week, or perhaps it is arranging for groceries to be delivered. Whatever it takes to make life easier and help you be able to stay at home - you won’t get it if you don’t ask!
Adapting our environment to suit our current needs is nothing new! We go through life transitioning from one phase to the next. For example, we start out sleeping in a crib, and as we grow, we transition into a bed. There is no shame in that, so why are we suddenly embarrassed when our advancing years mean we need some adaptations? It’s a natural process as we move to a new stage. Think about some things you can put in place around your home to make it more accessible. You can start small by removing area rugs to eliminate tripping hazards. Then you can progress to the more significant modifications. At AIP Mobility Plus, we offer a wide range of mobility solutions to help you age in place. Whether you need a stair lift to navigate the staircase, a ramp to make accessing the front door easier, or bathroom equipment like a walk-in tub to allow you to bathe independently, AIP Mobility Plus is sure to have an answer. Book an in-home consultation.
The following tip merges the previous two. Similarly, not wanting to ask for help is not wanting to admit that you need adaptations for your home! However, we want to offer a word of caution about putting off things like getting a stair lift or a walk-in tub for too long. In the last year, there were approximately 33,000 falls reported. A staggering 75% of those injuries involved seniors. If we dig even deeper, around 80% of the falls involving seniors were in the bathroom - usually exiting the tub! Many of those accidents could have been prevented with the help of a company like AIP Mobility Plus to install mobility devices like grab bars, walk-in tubs, ramps, and stair lifts. Don’t wait until after a fall happens to take action. Be preemptive and consider making adjustments now to stop accidents in the future. Even when the injuries from a fall seem minor, many senior patients will often develop complications, and many never get back to normal following a fall. Don’t take that risk when the solution is easy and affordable.
Aside from things like trips and falls, one of the other significant issues facing seniors living at home is loneliness. One of the benefits often promoted about assisted living and nursing homes is that there are many people around and plenty of activities to maintain a social life. However, you can still be a social butterfly if you choose to age in place at your own home. Arrange to meet with your friends, or look for local clubs you could attend. One of the most significant barriers that most seniors face when it comes to maintaining a social life is accessibility. When getting in and out of your home is tricky, you tend only to go out if necessary. Over time, this can have a negative impact on your mental health. However, these types of accessibility issues are quickly resolved with the help of AIP Mobility Plus. Ask us about our range of ramps, suitable for interior and exterior doors and entrances. We even have portable ramps you can take with you to visit friends or family!
Helping You Keep Your Independence at Home
AIP Mobility Plus is a Veteran owned business in Morris County, NJ that is dedicated to providing you with safer mobility at home helping you to keep your independence and stay in your own home for longer. We can provide a range of options to make your home more accessible with stair lifts, ramps, and bathroom safety options.
Call 973-607-3211 or email email@example.com.