When we get that first taste of independence, usually in our teen years, we start to get used to doing things for ourselves. If we suddenly have to rely on someone else to get us where we need to be, then it can be extremely frustrating. This is something that can happen to seniors if their mental or physical state starts to deteriorate.
But we want to make sure seniors can keep their independence for as long as possible, so we’ve put together some tips to help you or your loved ones stay independent as they age.
Take care of yourself
A sudden loss of independence usually happens after an injury or illness. This is why it’s so important to keep taking care of yourself as you age. Make sure you eat right and remain active, take any medications you need, and see the doctor when there’s a problem. Socializing and pursuing hobbies are also important for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Adapt your home to your needs
You might not be as mobile as you used to be, so it’s important to adapt your home to these changes so that you can still move about freely and in order to avoid trips and falls. Moving into a single-story house or installing a stairlift eliminates the need to walk up and down the stairs several times a day. Grab rails will also help you get about the house and avoid slips in the bathroom and other parts of the house.
Let technology help
There’s lots of tech that’s designed to make everyday life a bit easier for you, so don’t shy away from it. You can stay in touch with friends and family through social media, get about using Uber if you no longer drive, and play music through devices such as Alexa. You may also need an alert device that allows you to quickly inform the emergency services or a family member if you fall or in other emergency situations. If you need help, there are classes you can take to familiarize yourself with new technology, or you can ask a younger relative to show you the ropes.
Even if it comes time to move into a senior living community, you can still keep your independence. As opposed to assisted living communities where residents need a higher level of care, independent living is designed for seniors who can still take care of themselves on a daily basis. In independent living, you can set your own schedule and do the things you’ve always done for yourself at home.
If you or a family member are looking for an independent living community in North Carolina, then check out Bermuda Village to see what we can offer. Located on Bermuda Run Country Club, we have top of the range facilities to keep you independent in the next stage of life.