It is not only a moral duty to look after the older members of your family, but no doubt an emotional connection which makes you look out for your elderly loved ones at every possible opportunity.
So, whether you are preparing yourself or another member of your family for their proverbial golden years or else have reached such an age yourself, continue reading to learn of six key things an elderly person might need later in life.
1. Motion Sensor Lights
Trips and falls are the most common causes of injuries in older adults, and it is a fact of life that as a person ages, they may well begin to become more unsteady and less stable on their feet.
One way to help prevent tripping, especially in the night, is to install affordable yet effective motion sensor lights, which can either be plugged into electrical points or attached to the inside and outside of doors.
2. A Mobility Scooter
One of the most well-known and recognized technologies which can be particularly life-changing for older people is that of a mobility scooter.
When looking for quality mobility scooters, there are certain things which you should look out for, including:
- The ease in which it can be transported and stored
- How much you will use it when the time comes
- How comfortable the seat and handles are
- The quality of the tires
- The style, size and shape of the scooter
3.The Humble Shoe Horn
Although perhaps not one of the most interesting things on the list, but certainly one of the most affordable, a shoe horn can make a huge difference to the speed and ease in which people with mobility issues get ready and dressed in the morning.
A shoe horn basically provides an entirely smooth and flat surface for your foot to seamlessly glide into your shoes, with or without stockings or socks on.
4. Lighter Cookware
Healthy eating and a nutrient and vitamin-rich diet become even more important for an older person and in the elderly. Yet, unfortunately, either due to issues with mobility or else a lack of interest, cooking can begin to happen less and less frequently, especially if it’s just for one person.
In the kitchen of an older adult, special attention should be paid to replacing cookware and other utensils and implements for more lightweight versions (with their permission!) and to keep the kitchen counters as clutter-free as possible.
5. Dementia Clocks
The fifth and final suggestion for items which will truly help an older adult live as high quality a life as possible for the longest time is that of a dementia clock.
Unlike the name suggests, dementia clocks are certainly not just for people living with dementia and can be a handy visual aid for people as their eyesight starts to naturally decline or indeed simply for older adults who find it hard to keep track of time and make sure that they are not running late for appointments or social events.