The Importance Of Preparing A Home For Aged Care


Our world is getting older. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics one in six Australians is now aged 65 years or over, that’s 3.9 million people! Ageing is a natural part of life, and there are certain joys attached to it, but unfortunately, the focus is usually on suffering. Some elderly persons are able to live out their days in relative health and comfort, but the sad fact is that most need help, and some need a lot of it. It can be argued that taking proper care of the aged is everyone’s responsibility, after all, it’s going to happen to all of us eventually, shouldn’t we treat them the way we wish to be treated when our turn comes? Fortunately, a great many people agree with that sentiment and there is help and relief available for the elderly.

If you know of a senior who needs help beyond what you can do for them personally, then it’s vital that you contact aged care providers who are dedicated and trained to assist people of advanced years, often allowing them to remain in their homes, or joining a caring retirement community where they can enjoy the quality of life that they deserve.

While for some, assisted living centres, retirement communities gold coast and nursing homes are the best, and perhaps only option available, and whilst their provided care and standards of living are excellent, when seniors are asked they invariably state that they would much prefer to remain in their own homes, and who wouldn’t? It’s best to keep people in their homes for as long as possible, but there are some things we need to do to ensure they can remain there safely. Here are some excellent aged care home improvements to consider.

As we age one of our most enjoyable daily rituals can turn into a painful struggle, and even be dangerous- the simple act of bathing! It can be difficult for the aged to get in and out of a regular bathtub, so it’s highly recommended it be replaced with a walk in bath. This is a safe and easy way to enjoy a bath without the fear of being unable to rise out of it, making the experience a pleasant one again!

Another important step is to replace slippery bathroom tile with new, non-slip flooring. In fact, this should be installed in any part of the home where there is a danger of slipping.

Remaining in the bathroom, the addition of sturdy handholds to the walls, shower, and around the toilet also help seniors remain steady on their feet to avoid hazardous falls. Once again, these should be considered in any area of the house where a little extra support might be needed.

For homes with a second floor, the installation of a stairlift can make all the difference, allowing mobility-impaired seniors to virtually fly up those steep staircases in safety and comfort.

This government site offers more advice and help. Your aged friends will thank you!