Helpful tips on how to stay living at home for longer

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Staying independent as you age can be challenging, but we’re here to help.

We understand how important it is for you to stay living in your own home and keeping active in the local community.

After all, being able to age gracefully in the comfort of your own home helps contribute to a fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Living at home can also improve your mental health as you are in a familiar environment, somewhere you feel comfortable and safe.

In this blog post, we’ll provide you with some tips on how you can stay living at home for longer.

With our support, you can Do More of what you love, Be More active, and Live More independently.

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Develop support networks

Besides Intereach being available to assist you with living at home, tap into your friends, family, and health professionals for support.

Leverage community resources like the bank, chemist, and GP, tailoring their services to meet your needs.

At Intereach, we provide social support, both individual and group-based, to encourage participation in activities that promote your lifestyle and wellbeing.

Click here to see what social supports Intereach can provide through our Home Care Packages.

Make your home safe

Safety-proofing your home is crucial for preventing accidents and ensuring longevity at home.

Small changes around the home can make all the difference to lowering the risk of accidents and make your home so much more functional.

Some kitchen modifications could include:

  • Organising your cupboards so everything is within reach
  • Labelling food items and storing them properly
  • Have appliances with easy instructions or simple push button starts
  • Controls that manage the water temperature to reduce burn risks

Other household safety measures could include:

  • Labelling medication clearly and storing it in an accessible, convenient and visible spot
  • Reorganising furniture so pathways are clear and there is enough space to get around your home safely
  • Installing light bulbs in low-lit areas

 

Intereach provides home maintenance and modifications to increase or maintain your ability to move safely around your home, including:

  • Installing easy access taps
  • Installing grab rails in the bath and/or shower
  • Providing advice on areas of concern regarding the safety of your home and
  • Light gardening.

Click here for a fact sheet on home maintenance and modifications Intereach can provide through our Home Care Packages

Consult with your doctor or physiotherapist before making modifications to ensure they align with your mobility needs.

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Embrace technology

 

Using technology at home is becoming more and more commonplace for older people, as it makes life easier and safer when living at home.

Personal alert systems, safety alarms, in-home monitoring systems, and smartwatches provide peace of mind and security.

But remember, technology isn’t just for emergencies; it can enhance daily life and independence for older people.

At Intereach, we provide aids, equipment and assistive technology to help with mobility, communication, reading and personal care limitations.

Click here to see what supports are available through our Home Care Packages.

Consider a Home Safety Assessment

If you’re unsure where to start with home improvements, consider a home safety assessment conducted by healthcare professionals like occupational therapists or registered nurses.

Identifying and addressing potential problem areas can contribute to a safer living environment.

Prepare for emergencies

Emergencies, though unexpected, require preparation.

Create an emergency kit with essential contact information, medication details, overnight essentials, and disaster supplies.

Familiarise yourself with evacuation routes and discuss your emergency plan with family and friends.

Remember, every emergency is unique.

Our home care packages offer a range of social supports, home maintenance and modifications, and a helping hand to ensure you can continue to live independently.

 

Get in touch with Intereach

Phone: 1300 488 226
Website: www.intereach.com.au/service/home-care-packages/
Email: agedcare@intereach.com.au


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