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6 Tips for Seniors Living Independently at Home

With more and more seniors living independently at home, you are doubtlessly looking for ways to continue to live comfortably during your golden years in the house or condo you invested in. Seniors also don’t want to be a burden on their children, who have their own families and careers to worry about.

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, Southern Ontario’s leading high-calibre caregivers, have the following tips for seniors living independently at home. Given the option between aging well with energy and exuberance and aging poorly with a variety of health issues, the choice is clear for seniors living independently at home.

But there are other ways that seniors living independently at home can take steps towards aging well beyond eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and regular checkups with their doctor. Follow the six tips provided below:

  1. Annual Home Safety Check: As you age, certain aspects of your home can become hazardous, especially the stairs, bathtub, and certain appliances. We recommend thinking ahead and updating these sections of your home ahead of time. This will ensure that you are prepared in the future and that your health and mobility will not be affected.
  2. Improve Strength & Balance: We’ve all seen the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” commercial, but as we age, falls can lead to serious health problems and even death. The risk increases for seniors living independently at home. By maintaining strength and a good sense of balance, you’ll reduce the chances of taking a fall, as well as improve your recovery time if you do.
  3. Review Your Care Options: Seniors living independently at home often require assistance. Having Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region’s highly trained workers live with you or your loved one allows you to remain at home while receiving the same quality of care that you would in a retirement facility.
  4. Plan Ahead: While you may try to keep performing household chores and repairs for as long as possible, eventually it will become necessary to seek help. Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region’s workers assist our clients with preparing meals and household chores; for home repairs, however, call in a professional. Family members can also be of assistance.
  5. Plan Ahead: For seniors living independently at home, having emergency plans in place is essential. Our live-in caregivers ensure your safety, but if you’re going to be alone, you must take precautions for your safety, such as having a family member or neighbour check in regularly and keeping emergency number close at hand (or better yet, on speed-dial).
  6. Have Advance Care Directives in Place: Better known as a living will, advance care directives are a list of medical actions that should be taken due to illness or being incapacitated. Seniors living independently at home must have this in place.

If you have any more questions about seniors living independently at home, Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region has many valuable resources about this for you and loved ones. Call us toll-free at 905-597-5825 or visit our web site.

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Brian Shevel

I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors. Add me to your G+