Most people take everyday activities for granted. It takes no effort to eat, drink, dress up, and clean yourself if you are fit and healthy. However, these can become increasingly challenging with age and disability. The elderly and the disabled may need a bit of help in performing these tasks. This doesn’t necessarily mean the presence of another person. Aids for daily living can get the job done if placed in the right spot. Examples include dressing aids, cleaning equipment, hygiene aids, kitchen aids, reaching aids, reading aids, mobility scooters, and walking aids. By putting these around the house, you will be able to:
Help Seniors Maintain Independence
Seniors have a lot of pride left in them. Although they have diminished strength and mobility, they would rather live independently in their own homes rather than go into an assisted living facility. They would also prefer caring for themselves and moving around on their own. With a few cleverly designed tools, they will be able to do so with greater ease. They won’t have to keep calling someone else to perform a task for them. They can maintain their privacy and their dignity. They can cherish the small victories that come every day as they complete difficult tasks alone. This can help brighten their mood and keep them positive.
Create a Safe and Comfortable Space
Aids for daily living are also great for creating a safe and comfortable space for them to stay in. They won’t have to go elsewhere if they are perfectly fine where they are. For example, they could appreciate having higher toilet seats so that they will have less difficulty sitting down and getting up. The light switches may be replaced by glow in the dark options to make these easier to see. Glow in the dark tapes may also be placed along the corridors to guide them. They could be given scissors that feature easy-grip handles. They could have reaching aids so they don’t have to bend down low to grab items.
Assist Carers in Performing their Duties
A person with dementia can be difficult to care for because of their mental state. They are not in control of their faculties. They may have lucid moments but they can also become forgetful and wander around where they should not go. Motion sensors may be installed outside of their room so that carers can be alerted if they leave. Other products may be installed such as speaking alarm clocks, pill box with reminders, fridge locks, stove knob locks, power plug protectors, and many more.