Many elderly adults prefer to live by themselves or independently on their own. It is a way of staying in control of their life and not having to rely on others. Although some might be comfortable living on their own, this may not be the safest choice for an aging adult. Elderly adults who have a disability are even more at risk of getting hurt, especially if they live home alone. This is when adapting to aging is key to a safe and happy life.
Adaption is adjusting oneself to different conditions or situations. When the summer gets warmer, we have to change our wardrobe to be comfortable. In life, aging brings about a lot of changes, not only pertaining to your body, but also the environment you are in and just regular day to day life. When an elderly person has a disability, they have to adapt and modify their way of living in order to continue participate in their needs and life. Disability refers to the reduced ability to perform activities such as bathing, using the toilet, getting around, cooking or shopping, because of deteriorating strength, mobility, pain or other physical or cognitive challenges.
Which change can be tough, adapting is not a bad thing. It is always good to know your limits and to recognize when you need help. There are many different home care services and assisted livings in the community that can help you adapt to aging and help you stay as independent as possible. Sometimes talking to your Doctor or healthcare workers can give you some ideas and even referrals for adaptive devices or services that can increase you quality of life. Adaptive devices such as canes, grab bars and raised seats can make a big difference in being mobile in a safe way.
Even though aging is inevitable, it does not mean it is the end. Stay in control of your life while also taking preventative measures to keep you safe. If you find yourself needing assistance then take advantage of services offered in your community. The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville and other community resources offer transportation and rent adaptive devices. Agencies like Home Loving can provide caring In Home Aides to assist with weekly or daily tasks that have become difficult.
Are you or someone you know having a hard time adapting to a disability or aging? Call us today, so we can help you find a solution.