It can be difficult watching our beloved family members age, and it can be a strange situation caring for someone who once cared for you. But as we age our needs can change, and even the most independent of people might find they struggle to look after themselves. If you have an elderly relative, here are a few of the signs that they need extra support.

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They Can’t Manage The Stairs

For anyone with weakened muscles, joint issues or other paint, managing the stairs can be a problem. It can be particularly dangerous for seniors as a slip or fall could result in a nasty accident and broken bones. If your relative is no longer able to manage the stairs, it doesn’t mean they have to be moved from their current home. Luckily there are lots of adaptations these days which will allow them to keep their independence. They could have a stair lift or even a domestic elevator for wheelchairs installed in their home. Alternatively, you could adapt a downstairs room for them and turn it into a bedroom. That way they can live on the one floor without having to tackle the stairs multiple times a day. You could even have an en-suite fitted to the bedroom to make things even easier for them.

They Find It Difficult Getting In and Out of the Bath

Speaking of bathrooms, this is one area that people can struggle with when their mobility is reduced. You could think about having a specially adapted bathroom installed; this includes things like shower seats or seated bath tubs which have a ‘door’ in them for easy access. If they struggle to do this alone, you could consider enlisting a live-in care agency to help. If your relative has a spare bedroom and needs added support, this is a good option. That way you have peace of mind that they’re well taken care of when you can’t be there. It could be assisting with toilet needs, bathing, cooking and cleaning.

They Struggle Standing For Extended Periods

If your elderly relative struggles standing for long periods then you could consider special aids for them such as a walking stick, frame or a wheelchair. If a wheelchair is being used, there will need to be adaptations made around the home. A ramp will need to be added so they can get in and out of the front door. The floor covering may need to be changed to make it more wheelchair friendly. And unless they are getting help with their meals and cooking, the kitchen may need to be adapted to use with a wheelchair. It can seem like a lot of changes, but it could allow your relative to keep their independence and stay living in their own home if that’s what they want.

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