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Aging in Place? 6 Upgrades That Make it Easier

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Helping your elderly loved one remain independent as he or she grows older takes a bit of thought and preparation. However, there are a few things that will help your elderly relative stay right where he or she wants to be—in the comfort of home. Here are a few recommendations from Home Care Assistance, the leading provider of Oklahoma live-in care.

1. All-in-One Washer and Dryer Combo

Moving heavy, wet clothing from the washer to the dryer can be difficult. If your loved one has limited upper body strength, back problems or uses a walker or wheelchair, an all-in-one unit makes laundry day a breeze.

2. Medication Reminders

There are several smartphone apps available that will remind your loved one to take medications. Or, you can choose a pillbox that will audibly remind your loved one to take medication on days the part-time caregiver isn’t present, and send notifications if the medication dose is skipped.

3. Limited Hand Mobility Gadgets

Things like door levers, a hands-free faucet, a keyless lock, flat rocker switch plates and kitchen assistive devices makes living with arthritis and other motion-limiting conditions much easier. If you have a handy relative who lives nearby by, most of these items are relatively easy to install.

4. Robotic Vacuums

Back problems, using a walker or wheelchair, lack of strength or stamina and other health problems make keeping floors and carpeting clean an almost impossible task. With automated vacuums and floor washers, your loved one will be able to keep floors clean easily and efficiently.

5. Easy-Access Cabinetry

Deep drawers and pullout racks for base cabinets give easy access to items that often get lost in the back of the bottom shelf, and pull down shelving in upper cabinets makes those hard-to-reach shelves manageable.

6. Automatic Lighting

Automated lighting at the entry of a house makes unlocking the door a lot easier, and motion detector floodlights add a sense of safety and security. Your loved one can also invest in auto-sensing nightlights in the hallway to make getting up at night safer.

If your loved one wishes to age in place but you feel as though he or she might need a little extra help, consider home care. Your loved one will be able to maintain independence and stick to his or her normal routine, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing he or she has the help needed to stay safe. Give Oklahoma Home Care Assistance a call at 405-285-4191 to learn more about the home care services available near you.

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