My five independent living tips for seniors are important to follow for a better quality of life. These five independent living tips for seniors involve dependence on others outside the home, yet can help those less likely to have to live in a retirement home or other less than ideal situation. These five independent living tips for seniors are in no particular order. Deciding whether to live alone, with relatives, or in another setting is one where all factors should be considered carefully.
5 Independent Living Tips for Seniors Number 1: Have A Call and Stop-By List In Place
Living alone doesn’t mean living lonely. For seniors, it’s important that you have at least a couple of people outside your home watching your back on a weekly basis. Have them call you or stop by your house once or twice a week to make sure you are alright, and to provide some human contact. Owning a pet can also provide for companionship and protection.
5 Independent Living Tips for Seniors Number 2: Hire Out or Find Volunteers For Strenuous and/or Risky Household Chores
Unless you’re really fit and agile and have even discussed doing strenuous or risky household chores with your doctor (like shoveling snow, cleaning out the storm gutters, etc.), find a volunteer to do this or hire someone for these tasks. These chores aren’t worth breaking a bone or having a heart attack over. If you do decide to take on these tasks, at the very least, have someone help you.
5 Independent Living Tips for Seniors Number 3: Create a Home Evacuation Plan
No matter if you live alone or with others, fires and other natural disasters can create a difficult situation when trying to immediately evacuate a home. This is especially true for fires. Call your local fire department official(s) (a city, county, or state fire agency) and have them visit your home to advise you on making it safer and more ready made for safe evacuation. And make sure that you have a list of the medications and other medical supplies you use handy, and give a copy of this list to a trusted person who can advise medical staff in the event of an emergency.
5 Independent Living Tips for Seniors Number 4: Make Sure Your Legal Affairs Are In Order
Being independent means being smart when it comes to managing your personal affairs of financial, property, and medical aspects of your life. Consult a lawyer about powers of attorney, especially for health care and finances (in the event of incapacitation). Make sure you have a will and that it’s updated to reflect your wishes. Don’t leave your family and loved ones in the lurch in the event of your passing or incapacitation.
5 Independent Living Tips for Seniors Number 5: If Possible, Have a “Life Alert” Type of System Set Up in Your Home
According to About.com, falling is the number cause of accidental injury for people 65 and older who are at home. What happens if you fall and can’t get up and aren’t near a phone nor are people nearby to hear you? If you can afford to do so or can find a locally-based program that covers the cost, set up a “Life Alert” type of system that lets you immediately alert emergency personnel in the event of an accident or other emergency via a worn point of contact gadget.
Sharon O’Brien, More Seniors Face Injury and Death from Falling Down: http://seniorliving.about.com/od/healthnutrition/a/fallstudy.htm, About.com Senior Living