Tips to Live Independently at Home
“Everyone can maintain an independent lifestyle in their own home with the correct support, information and equipment to them”
- Can a carer or other professionals gain access in an emergency? Key safes can be used to gain entry and codes are kept confidential.
- Can you physically contact someone in an emergency? A care line pendant can be worn around your neck or wrist and are easy to press in an emergency. Emergency services or family can then easily be contacted.
- Are you able to maintain a healthy diet, that is required for your body to function, repair itself and fight infections. There are a number of specialist food companies can provide and deliver meals that contain a balanced diet or cater for individual needs.
- Are you able to maintain fluid intake. The body requires between 1.5 – 2 litres of fluids each day to ensure our vital organs are functioning. Keeping jugs of water, small cups of water or flavoured drinks can encourage us to drink more often.
- Are you able to manage your medication regime independently? Pharmacies can arrange to have your medications put in a monitored dosage system which is easier to see and manage. Weekly deliveries of medications tend to be easier to keep a track of what you have got.
- Do you need any equipment in the house to make mobility or daily living easier. A referral from your G.P to an occupational therapist can result in a home visit to look at aids and equipment that could be put in your home to make life easier. This includes different cutlery, walking frames, grab rails, speaking clocks etc.
- Do you get enough social interaction? There are a number of day centres, luncheon clubs and support groups for people living in the local area. Transport is arranged to pick up and take home.
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