Elderly and Home Care: Modifications for Better Living

Like it or not, ageing is part of life, and it can mean different things for different people. For some lots of wrinkles, for others lots of grey hairs, but as soon as the years over 60 arrive, there’s more chance for illnesses to occur, and of course, the inevitable lessening of strength. What this brings is difficulty walking, sitting, standing up, and as a result going to bed, and getting out of bed.

The solution lies in equipping the home with means that would improve living of elderly there, and make it a safe environment at that, exactly as it would be at homecare facilities. Some of the changes include different furniture pieces, like the addition of therapeutic chair and adjustable bed based on the particular needs and lifestyle of the elderly.

A chair such as that is designed to provide leg control, as well as reclining for infinite positioning, and depending on the needs there are different specialised features. For instance, there’s a therapeutic chair with powerlift suitable for people who lack leg and arm strength, as for people who spend a lot of time in the chair, the one with pressure care is the best option.


What they are all designed to provide is customised comfort, supporting posture, depth adjustable seat, a quiet smooth lift thanks to quality electronics, and accessible storage keeping knick knacks close at hand.

Adjustable beds aren’t any different given that they are enhanced with features based on latest technology, such as wall-hugging adjustable technology, and zero gravity so there’s control of the position the person finds best for optimal comfort and support, plus a feeling of weightlessness and relaxation.

Other home modifications include the area of the stairs and the bathroom. One of the ideal solutions for stairs is stair lift, as there are many designs created to suit the needs for different styles of stairs, like in the case with straight stair lift and curved stair lift. Other more expensive solutions are incline platforms, and home lifts. Adding extra rails and supports is equally important, particularly in the hallway and close to seating.

The bathroom has to be slippery-proof, with a shower cabin instead of a bathtub for easier access, and the help of shower seats, raised toilet seat, and plenty of suction grab bars. In case the elderly still do the cooking on their own, it’s advisable to get equipment that’s created to automatically cut out when unattended.

Make sure the lighting in the home is in perfect order, and get the professional help of a carer in case you find things too much to handle. Having in mind there are loans and grants available for people with low income, as well as in-home care packages tailored to the needs of the elderly, home care is more affordable than it seems.