Being able to stay in control and as independent as possible into one’s later years 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 now and the in the future. However, this needs to be a positive, active, decision rather than an inability or unwillingness to consider the alternatives.
Try not to reject the idea of moving somewhere more manageable where you might be able to retain your independence for much longer, simply because the prospect of moving is overwhelming. TimeFinders can minimize the stress and anxiety of moving and help you every step of the way. Clients who have moved with us have said that they should have done it years ago – they didn’t realize just how much of a burden it had become to struggle on in their old home.
In order to stay in control, it is important to plan ahead and TimeFinders will help you think about and visualize what your needs are likely to be as you get older and make a Contingency Plan so that when circumstances change you are prepared and have a care and support strategy which can be implemented straight away.
Adapting your home
If you decide to stay, TimeFinders can help you with making 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, 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. It can lead to increased isolation, anxiety and depression. It is difficult enough to have to accept personal and nursing care at home without the added distress of seeing one’s home, of which one was so proud, turned topsy turvey 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 where the 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 diagnosis 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 in ensuring 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 and TimeFinders can source and manage these services for you.