(NewsUSA) – When most people are envision retirement, they picture themselves doing things they love, like dancing, playing tennis, or enjoying their grandchildren. Unfortunately, retirement isn’t always as great as hoped. These days, too many seniors find themselves losing their sense of security in their homes due to the natural aging process. Take thought now of steps you can take to maintain independence.
According to Marketing Charts, 26 percent of seniors surveyed said that losing their independence was their biggest fear.
That’s higher than the 13 percent of seniors who feared moving into a nursing home or 3 percent fearing death.
Instead of seniors fearing a loss of independence, let’s look at some ways they can regain it and start making all of their retirement dreams come true.
Steps to Maintain Independence
Invest in a Power Wheelchair
Power wheelchairs provide seniors with independence and comfort beyond a traditional manual wheelchair. Seniors can stay independent thanks to joystick movement, letting them choose speed and direction they are comfortable with. Power wheelchairs also allow seniors to recline and tilt, helping them raise their legs if they need to.
Attach Bathroom Aids
Installing grab bars or safety handles on tubs and walls, along with bath and shower chairs, can help seniors regain their independence by giving them the confidence they need to safely bathe themselves, even if they have a home health aide helping them.
Install a Stairlift
Seniors looking to recapture their independence, especially when they can’t make it up the stairs anymore, can install a stairlift. The lifts come in many styles, for straight or curved stairs, and provide seniors with a safe and secure movement from sitting down to stepping off, with swivel seats and safety belts.
Contact your local county Senior Options agency for information about programs that can help you with improvement to maintain your security and independence in your home.
Contact Browning & Meyer Co. LPA for advice on all your Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts needs at 614-471-0085.