Independent living for the elderly

livingThese days, many people are living longer with a significant number of UK residents reaching not only 100 years of age but 110 and beyond, making them super-centenarians. While some are unwell and require round-the-clock care, others are fit, healthy and long to remain as self-dependent as possible which is where independent living comes in.

There are many housing options available for elderly people, depending on their wants, tastes and needs, including living alone, living with a carer, moving to sheltered accommodation or relocating to a care home which provides everything from accommodation to hearing devices from trusted suppliers like Hidden Hearing. Of course, there’s plenty to consider when deciding what’s best, so let’s take a closer look at each option.

Living alone
Many people aged 65 and over prefer to live at home ñ after all, some have occupied a single property for many years and couldn’t imagine moving away. This is all well and good but there are some things that need to be taken into consideration including personal safety and security, the condition of the property, bills, costs and the overall affordability of the accommodation, property location and quality of life.

If you are worried or unhappy about any of these areas, there are plenty of things that can be done to improve them so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Help the Aged offers plenty of advice about staying put, so find out more here.

Living with a carer
Sometimes, living at home alone can become too difficult. Thankfully, there are a wide range of fully-qualified occupational therapists and live-in carers who can make the lives of the elderly a lot easier. While some professionals pop in every day and do general tasks such as cooking, cleaning and washing, others move into the property and offer 24-hour care.

While both options are convenient, the latter can be extremely beneficial to people who want a certain amount of independence but are frightened to be alone for long periods of time. Live-in carers allow people to stay at home but offer them the care they so desperately need.

Sheltered accommodation
Sheltered housing (sometimes called retirement housing) is a great option for older members of society. It allows residents to live independently in a specially modified property (usually a ground floor flat or bungalow) but gives them access to specialist care, services and communal facilities such as a lounge, dining room, wash room and garden. It can be a great way for elderly people to socialise and make new friends and, as most schemes are built close to shopping centres, getting around is made as simple as possible. Which? has put together a really useful guide to sheltered accommodation, so it’s well-worth taking a look if you or anyone you know could benefit from this.

Living in a care home
Care homes are ideal for people who need a significant amount of care as staff are employed 24 hours a day to ensure all residents are well looked after. They’re great for elderly residents who live far away from their relatives or who simply want to live out their lives in peace and tranquility ñ without the worry of property maintenance, bills, household chores and such like.

Care homes are also a brilliant way for people to mingle with others and can stop loneliness from setting in! Residents often have access to tearooms, lounges and gardens and tend to have their own rooms, which they can decorate with photographs, ornaments and other personal items.

Independent living for the elderly has improved dramatically over the years. The wishes of older people are taken seriously and their rights are taken into consideration, it’s just a case of finding the best option.