Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Many seniors are experiencing a change in residence. Some families have had to move elderly family members into their homes as they realize that those family members require more assistance. Meanwhile, some families have had to move elderly family members into their homes in response to Covid-19 and the resulting change in policy regarding in-person visits at assisted care facilities. Whatever the reason for a change residence, many seniors need specific accommodations in order to live and move around safely. While there are many things we may all think about on our own such as, ramps or lifts there are also many other safety considerations which are not quite as obvious. You can find a list of things to consider on this website under the PRINTABLES tab. However, even with a list in hand it is a great idea to have a professional come in and help you figure out what specifically you need in your house. There are companies out there that will come to your home and meet with you to discuss the needs of the person and then help you determine what types of changes should be made. It is best to do this prior to the move but even if someone is living with you now, it is still a great idea to make sure you have what you need. A lot of these adjustments can make things not only safer and easier for a loved one but they can also make things better for the caregiver because they know that mom or dad has limited most safety risks. In addition to the physical accommodations within your house it is also important to think about any medical or cognitive impairments that may also need to be considered. For example, if someone with a form of Alzheimers will be moving in then there are additional considerations specific to that issue that would need pre-planning. Caregiving is one of the most difficult jobs but can also be one of the most rewarding. Make sure to plan ahead and allow yourself as much support as possible.