How to stay independent and live at home for longer

How to stay independent and live at home for longer

Posted by Debbie Harris

How to stay independent and live at home for longer

After a lifetime of looking after yourself, it’s often hard to accept you may need help

When you’re used to being in control, it is difficult to recognise you may need a helping hand to remain independent. Many of us have fears and concerns about growing older and relying on others. Admitting that you need help may raise concerns about what will happen in the future.

Falls are the largest cause of hospital admissions for older people and they’re a major cause of people moving from their own home to long-term nursing or residential care...

If you are worried about staying in control, there are solutions that can help you to remain independent in your own home for longer.

You may not be as steady on your feet as you once were, or find steps at home more difficult. Falls are the largest cause of hospital admissions for older people and they’re a major cause of people moving from their own home to long-term nursing or residential care; 30% of over 65s will fall once a year and for those over 80, as many as 50% will suffer a fall.

Lack of confidence

A fall can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence and wellbeing. Ensuring good lighting and removing trip hazards such as fraying carpets is a good start. Improve muscle strength through basic exercises to help maintain balance. Keep a check on your eyesight and make sure you are wearing the right glasses.

A safe home assessment

Changes to the home environment can make you feel safer and more secure. A ‘safe home assessment’ from a trained assessor will identify any general risks or hazards to health, safety and security. The assessment will recommend home adaptations, specialist equipment and services that will ensure the home is safe and suitable, and that care and support needs are met.

Personal Alarm

Whilst you can take steps to ensure the home is safe, accidents and emergencies can still happen. Knowing that you can get help if you are alone is reassuring for everyone. A personal alarm can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist and quickly connects the wearer to an emergency response centre when the alarm button is pressed. A personal alarm can literally be life-saving because the emergency response centre will quickly call family members or the emergency services if further assistance is needed.

A personal alarm service can be personalised depending on the level of support required or as circumstances change. Home sensors can alert the emergency response centre if there is a rapid change in temperature, smoke or if water is detected on the floor, providing peace of mind if your loved ones sometimes forget to turn off a tap or kitchen appliance. GPS personal alarms can work outside the home and garden and can be particularly valuable for people living with dementia because the emergency response centre can identify the wearer’s location. A fall detector will automatically detect a stumble or fall and alert the emergency response centre.

A Stairlift
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Personal alarm checks

A personal alarm doesn’t require any specialist equipment to be installed and you can set it up yourself. When considering a personal alarm service, it is important you feel confident you and your family will receive the support you deserve:

  • Check that the personal alarm service is monitored 24 hours day, 7 days a week so help will be available any time of the day or night.
  • Ask what the typical alarm response rates are. A personal alarm provider should be able to share this with you.
  • Are the prices clear? A personal alarm service will require a subscription to cover the monitoring but check there are no hidden costs, cancellation charges or fixed term contracts.
  • Check for customer reviews and testimonials.
  • Is the personal alarm provider a member of the Telecare Services Association and do they have any other accreditations?

Home adaptations and personal alarms provide peace of mind and independence for many older adults that do not need the level of support they would receive from a live-in carer or care home. For older adults that want to remain in their own home, a personal alarm provides reassurance that help is available when home carers and family members cannot be there.

A personal alarm can literally be life-saving because the emergency response centre will quickly call family members or the emergency services if further assistance is needed.

Helping you find the right personal alarm service 

PPP Taking Care are trusted to provide the Age UK personal alarm service and support over 70,000 older adults remain independent in the homes they love. Learn more about personal alarms and how they can help you or your loved ones remain independent.

https://www.ppptakingcare.co.uk