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Tips to Keep Seniors Mobile and Prevent Falls

ADHME Guide to Independent Living Part 2

Living life to the full includes having freedom of movement. Even for those who may be less mobile, moving from one room to another or out the front door adds to our enjoyment of each and every day. Read on for some easy-to-institute ways to increase mobility, decrease the risk of falls and injury, and get on with life.

Balancing act

As we get older or after surgery or illness, we can face balance issues. It’s a scary feeling to be unsure of our footing and this can increase anxiety as we do the simplest of tasks – getting out of bed, completing essential self-care, even daily tasks like cooking a meal. To combat this, it’s essential to put safeguards in place around our home.

Lighting

One of the key ways to keep on our feet is to be able to see obstacles in our way. It’s not just at night that we may need extra illumination. Installing motion sensing lights along the floor in hallways and entryways means you never have to fumble for a light switch in the dark. This is vital for stairs as well, to ensure you can see where your foot will land before you take the next step.

motion detector lights

Make sure you add lights to outdoor stairs and walkways too. These can be motion sensor or light sensor, but you want to make sure they are automatic so you never get caught unexpectedly away from the light switch in the dark.

For your table lamps, you’ll want them on a wall switch, or to at least have easy-turn knobs, so that when you stage the house for the evening, everything is well-lit and cheerful. Not only will your mood brighten, but you will avoid falls due to shadowy areas.

5 Historic Colorado Vacations that are Great for Seniors

The state of Colorado is rife with beautiful landscapes that vary from arid desert to lush river canyons. Within the canyons and mountains, you can still visit ancient Pueblo cities and learn about their culture. While Colorado is a great place to travel for those who love the outdoors, seniors may feel that visiting the state isn’t for them. That is definitely not true. Within Colorado, there are plenty of places to visit and explore even for seniors who require home medical equipment or wheelchairs. If you’re itching to take a vacation, consider these three Colorado vacation destinations.

How to Move and Care for Ambulatory Patients

Caring for senior or other ambulatory patients at home does not come without risk. In addition to them not being able to care for their own weight, those caring for the elderly and infirm may not have the strength to do so themselves without the aid of tools and techniques.

To help our clients who are faced with the task of helping others stay in their homes and get the most out of their lives, we’ve collected some helpful videos from the internet, and will be adding more as we find them. Have some of your own you want to share? Be sure to leave links to them in our comments box below. 

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25 helpful gadgets (and gifts) for seniors to make independent living that much easier

It’s not easy getting older. With it can come decreased mobility, less dexterity, and perhaps even pain from doing the things that were so simple just a few years ago. When difficulty with everyday tasks threatens elderly independence, there may just be the perfect solution – in a gadget.

For those of advanced years living alone and loving it, or patients in the process of post-surgery recovery regaining their health and dexterity, these gadgets might be the difference between staying in your own home and having to move to an assisted care facility.

Read on to find some of the best affordable gadgets for the elderly or those recovering from an injury. Whether you are aging and looking for some aids to daily living, or you’re caring for aging loved ones and want to help them remain independent, here is our list of great gadgets to make life easier. (They also make great gifts!)

Enriching Activities for Independent-Living Seniors to Avoid Isolation

While we may want to live in our own homes as we get older, we may also find it harder and harder to find a reason – or the motivation – to get out like we used to. But it can be dangerous to become isolated as we age. Studies show that there is a decline in physical health and an increase in dementia in those who do not interact with others on a regular basis.

But there is a way to fight back! Creativity and social interaction increase well being and health of seniors no matter their age, background, or baseline health. Let’s take a creative look at 15 ways to interact with others – young and old – even when living alone to stay sharp and healthy for years to come.

Tips for Better Independent Living in the Living Room

ADHME Guide to Independent Living Part 3

As we age, we can begin to feel like independent living is getting harder to manage. That does not need to be the case if you prepare your spaces for safety and security. Whether you are updating your own home or helping a loved one, these tips for independent living can make your living room accommodate you for years to come.

When you enter your living room, you want a space that welcomes. A few simple fixes can take a space from adding anxiety to your day to a place where you feel at relaxed and calm. Making sure you can accomplish all you need to do in a day is a key part of remaining independent. Leisure time activities are a mainstay of the living room, and those often centered around entertainment and communication.

Keeping seniors safe in the bathroom

Part 1 in Our Guide to Independent Living

There are many possible safety pitfalls in the bathroom, especially for the elderly or those with balance issues or weakness in the limbs. Getting in and out of the shower, walking on wet and slippery tile, even sitting down or standing up from the toilet; all of these small tasks that many of us take for granted can be hazardous, leading to bumps, falls and possible injury.

Whether you are looking for strategies to create a safe bathroom environment for yourself or you want to help protect a loved one, here are some ways to make sure the bathroom is welcoming and safe for every activity that goes on there.

As we move around the room we will talk about safeguarding various activities in each area with this baker’s dozen list of ideas.

Best 2019 tech gifts and gadgets for seniors

For birthday or holiday gift giving, why not give the gift of tech to help the seniors in your life live a little easier? Whether you are thinking of their safety or their comfort, we have singled out some of the best tech gadgets they’ll love. Read on to find the best tech gifts for seniors in 2018/2019.

1. Ring video doorbell

Price $100

The Ring is a great tool for those seniors who have limited mobility, live alone, or simply want to screen their front door visitors much like we do on our phone calls these days. Feel safe and secure in your home with a way to determine if you want to answer the door or not once you know who is there. Also, it is very common for thieves to check to see if anyone is home by first ringing your doorbell. Even if you’re not at home, you can “answer” the doorbell via your smartphone and fool them away.

Hospital Bed Mattress Buyer’s Guide – 4 Types to Choose From

Learn how to choose the best hospital bed mattress for your needs

There are several different types of hospital bed mattresses available and it can be confusing what kind you need, so let’s see if we can help.

First, answer these 5 questions

Before you can choose the best type of hospital bed mattress for you, you first need answers to these questions:

  • How much time per day will the patient be spending in bed?
  • Can the patient shift positions independently?
  • How many months will they need to use a hospital bed?
  • How much does the patient weigh?
  • How much muscle mass do they have?

When you have those answers, you’re ready to make a selection. We help you do that below and make recommendations for the conditions listed in those bullet points.

Hospital Bed Buyer’s Guide – Which Is Best?

So many types of hospital beds. Electric. Manual. Innerspring mattress, foam or air. Which is best? Where do you start?

When looking for a hospital bed for home use, there are lots of things to consider. You want to make the best possible choice for patient comfort and ease of care, while keeping costs as low as possible. But there’s something that is much more important.

Customers ask us all the time, “what’s the best hospital bed.” The best answer is, the best hospital bed is the one that meets your needs the best. Are you heavy or light? Are you mobile or not, tall or short? How long will you be in that bed? The answers to those questions and more will determine what kind of hospital bed you need. Remember, you should not be looking for the best hospital bed without looking  for which type is best for you. 

We’ve written this post to help answer some of the toughest questions about hospital beds, mattresses, and accessories so you have all the information you need right at your fingertips to choose the right type of hospital bed for your needs.

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