February is National Senior Independence Month, a perfect time for seniors to celebrate independence and to plan ahead to maintain that independence. No matter what changes seniors encounter as they age, it’s crucial to maintain self-sufficiency. Since managing independence is a major factor in the quality of life seniors experience, Concierge Home Care is sharing some practical tips to help seniors achieve independence at home and in the community.
Here at Concierge Home Care, one of our goals is to help seniors in our communities to maintain their independence safely in the comfort of their homes. We do this by creating environments that encourage social interaction, providing innovative approaches to care that fosters creative thinking, while helping seniors find the right fit for their care needs.
Concierge Home Care Physical therapy and Occupational therapy services play a key role in identifying strategies that enable seniors to modify their homes, maximizing their ability to participate in daily tasks and activities.
Concierge Home Care Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists are skilled at recognizing how the environment affects a senior’s ability to perform desired outcomes in the following ways:
- Organize and Declutter the home by giving direction with lighting the walkways in the home to help decrease the risk of trips and falls, and keeping necessary items like cell phones close at hand and readily accessible in the event of an emergency.
- Educate on ways to build safety and prevention into the living environment such as having banisters on stairs and railings on decks checked for looseness, lighting up dark hallways and closets with motion sensor lights and installing grab bars in the bathroom.
- Evaluate patient functionality in the following areas to determine appropriate preventative care plan needs:
- Safety awareness
A little foresight goes a long way. Concierge Home Care physical therapists and occupational therapists play a pivotal role in creating safe home environments. Community partners can refer to Concierge Home Care to help patients acquire this care.