How Seniors Can Stay In Their Homes For Longer
The Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) are now well into or just entering their golden years. Unlike previous generations, they’re enjoying greater independence than ever before because of better healthcare and because of the modifications they can make to their homes and lifestyles as they age.
More seniors than ever before are able to maintain their independence and stay in their homes without needing to enter a nursing home or another assistive facility.
But these seniors who are “ageing-in-place” are also reaching out and taking advantage of resources available like aged care occupational therapy, and making the home modifications necessary to keep their homes safe.
How Home Occupational Therapy And Rehabilitation Can Benefit Seniors
Staying at home with aged care occupational therapy benefits seniors in a number of ways, including:
- Being in the home promotes recovery
Hospitals can be uncomfortable and traumatising for many. By being in the comfort of home, recovery may improve because the individual can receive rehabilitative care in his or her familiar space.
- Being in the home maintains a loved one’s dignity and independence
Many seniors fear moving into a care facility like a nursing home because they are afraid that they will lose their independence. Living at home offers ageing individuals maximum freedom, independence and control.
- Being in the home means personalised care
No home, person or lifestyle is the same. By receiving care in the home, your loved one can receive completely customised care and assistive devices which allow them to remain safe and independent in their own space.
- Being in the home means being closer to families
Families often bond together whenever an ailing senior family member is in need, to make sure that he or she is properly taken care of, rather than by a third party. If your loved one is receiving home care from an occupational therapist, a nurse, or another professional, families can contact those resources for further guidance and assistance.
- Being in your home helps your thinking and memory skills especially when living with conditions like dementia. Most people with dementia live in their home alone or with a loved one over the course of what can be a long and progressive condition. Home based aged care occupational therapy and programs like our dementia occupational therapy “skills for life” are focused on improving your quality of life at home.
Discover How Occupational Therapy Brisbane Can Help You
Occupational Therapy Brisbane offers free phone consultation for those seniors who want to maintain their independence in the home.
Should you decide to use our aged care occupational therapy services one of our senior aged care occupational therapy professionals will visit your home and make recommendations about assistive devices, home modifications, and even exercises and memory loss programs which can help you be as independent as possible in your home.
We invite you to call us today for your free phone consultation at 1300 783 200 or email us by clicking here.