Staying in control and maintaining independence in old age does not necessarily mean having to move home. Sometimes the best decision is to “stay put” and to make sure that your living arrangements are suitable and appropriate for your needs, both now and into the future. However, this needs to be a positive, active decision rather than an inability or unwillingness to consider the alternatives. It is very easy to reject the idea of moving to somewhere more manageable simply because the prospect of such a move is overwhelming.
If you do decide to stay where you are now, it is crucial to plan ahead in order to stay in control. TimeFinders will help you with contingency planning for old age so that, when circumstances do change, you are prepared and have a care and support strategy which can be implemented straight away.
Adapting your home
TimeFinders can help you organize any practical adaptations to your home. These might include rearranging your living space to make mobility easier and safer, changing a bathroom into a shower or wet room, or installing a downstairs toilet. We will also help you with security measures and technological assistance such as personal alarms.
Re-organizing your home to facilitate Care at Home
Our physical environment has a significant impact on our sense of well-being, and yet properly organizing a home when one needs care is rarely considered. However wonderful the standard of physical care, all too often the privacy, dignity, and sense of worth of the person receiving such care is subtly eroded. This can lead to increased isolation, anxiety and depression. It is difficult enough to have to accept personal and nursing care without the added distress of seeing one’s home, of which one was so proud, turned topsy-turvy as the paraphernalia of care takes over.
TimeFinders will arrange whatever modifications are necessary to allow you to stay in your own home, and re-organize things to suit your specific needs. We will turn make-shift arrangements into carefully and thoughtfully arranged living spaces, minimizing as far as possible the impact of care equipment and dealing discreetly with care supplies.
When someone is frail, finds mobility difficult, or is even bed-bound, anxieties about security and pilfering can become magnified. By putting in place practical and effective measures, TimeFinders can alleviate such worries.
Sourcing Domiciliary Care
TimeFinders works with a range of excellent home care providers who are well-managed and whose care staff are properly remunerated and supported. We can help you find the right sort of care to meet your individual needs, from someone who comes a couple of times a week right up to full 24 hour live-in care. Often, when clients have received diagnoses of illnesses such as Parkinson’s Disease or Dementia, the immediate reaction is “I must move into care”, but TimeFinders have supported clients with such conditions to live well and happily in their own home. We can offer an Oversight Service (read more here) which provides you with independent expert support to ensure that the care that is offered meets your needs and is of a consistently high quality.
To remain independent in your own home might mean that you require other services such as cleaning and gardening. TimeFinders can source and manage these services for you as well.