Question: I know that I want to remain in my home as long as possible, but what are some things I can do that will help me with this goal?
Answer: While there was once a time when you could manage your household and personal care yourself, there may be some things that are no longer easy for you. The reason could be an illness or disability. Caregivers from MAS Home Care of Maine can help home care portland clients remain independent in their own home when circumstances change and you cannot manage everything on your own.
Until it’s time to make that call, there are some things you can do to ensure a successful transition into your elder-years.
Running Your Household
There are many services that can help you with regular chores and maintenance around the house. Housekeepers, handymen, and gardeners can all be hired for a fee if you do not have a loved one to help you out. You may also want to take advantage of a grocery delivery service if walking around the market and carrying heavy bags is too taxing. There are even finance managers or computer applications to help you stay on top of bills.
Modifying Your Home
Make your home easier to live in by assessing safety concerns. Non-slip tub mats, grab bars, railings, and hallways lights are a good start. It is also important to move furniture out of the way of traffic areas and address cords or rugs that you could trip on. More significant changes would be to install a first-floor bathroom or move your bedroom downstairs if it is on the second floor.
Some individuals find driving to be more difficult as they become older, usually due to vision problems. There are many ways to get around this, including relying on a friend or relative, public transportation (buses), taxis, and other senior transportation options through local Portland organizations.
Did you know that home care workers, such as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Personal Support Specialists can help you with many of these things and more? Home care services are available to help with personal and healthcare needs, including companionship, bathing, meal preparation, transportation, laundry, grocery shopping, blood pressure checks, mobility, etc.
Call MAS Home Care of Maine today!