Tips on Independent Living for Seniors

Published On: 07/09/2018

Tips on Independent LivingRemaining independent for as long as possible is a valuable goal for many seniors. With the current resources available reaching that goal is easier than ever. Some tips on how to modify homes and take advantage of technology helps today’s seniors design their lifestyle so they remain in control.

Making a very detailed account of all the activities that take place in your senior’s life on a daily basis is a crucial first step in developing an independence plan. This list must include steps required for personal hygiene, medication, financial management, errands, meal preparation and household chores.

Next, determine which tasks the senior can handle without assistance and which ones will need to be delegated to a caregiver. Develop a detailed plan for caregiver assistance.

Educate the senior on specific types of technology such as cell phones, remote controls, thermostats and microwave ovens. Leave step-by-step instructions in easy to find places.

Rid the home of clutter and bulky items that make it difficult to freely move around. Add the necessary items to make the home suitable for the senior such as ramps, handrails, toilet risers and night lights.

Install a medical alert system that can instantly connect with a response center day and night.  Program loved ones’ phone numbers into the cell phone and leave them written down in obvious places.

Have a calendar and scheduling system where the senior can easily see all appointments and events. By thinking through the typical day and making sure the senior can complete all tasks or know that someone will assist helps to maintain independent living and provide the lifestyle many seniors hope to preserve.

If you are in the process of helping a senior loved one, consider consulting with an experienced estate planning and elder law attorney. Contact Stouffer Legal at 443-470-3599 for services in the Greater Baltimore area.

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Britt Stouffer

Britt L. Stouffer is a Maryland attorney experienced in Estates, Trusts, and Elder Law. With over 10 years of experience in Estates and Trusts, she has learned to appreciate how unique each client truly is. On a typical day, you will find her working on Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Tax Planning cases, Estate Administration filings, Petitions for Guardianships, Special Needs Planning, and Asset Protection.

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