Growing old isn’t something that I think about an awful lot. It does pop into my mind on occasion though. Mainly when I’m sitting with my elderly mother-in-law and talking to her about her latest bruises, aches and pains. Something that she shows me often!
Like many elderly people, my mother-in-law lives alone, rarely leaves her house and doesn’t come into contact with many other people anymore. The good thing is that we only live around the corner from her so if anything goes wrong, if she needs anything etc, we can get there pretty quickly.
My husband, her son, pops in daily and talks to her on the phone regularly. She also comes over ours every Sunday for a roast dinner, which I think is great, as it means she can get out of the house and have a change of scenery.
One of the main things that bothers me though is her safety around the home. She’s had a number of falls over the years. One in the garden and the rest in the home. The kitchen, hallway, lounge and the bathroom.
Thankfully some of the causes have been removed. A rug in the hallway, a mat in the kitchen etc, but there are some things that just can’t be ‘removed’.
The bathroom is one main area for concern. Getting in and out of the bath used to be as simple as turning the TV channel over, but like many things in life, that’s now changed and it’s no longer a simple task.
An easy access bathroom from a company such as Premier Care in Bathing would definitely make things a lot easier for her. A walk in shower that’s specifically designed to allow the user to have a comfortable, relaxing shower whilst ensuring it’s also safe and offers confidence can be such an important aspect of a home. Plus it also helps to maintain a level of independence that quite often elderly people feel they lose as they grow older.
Walk in baths are also another option. I think my mother-in-law prefers a shower, but quite often a bath can help alleviate aches and pains. I for one love a bubble bath at the end of a stressful day!
As we grow older it can be hard to accept the different types of challenges that we face, but I think it’s so important to do so with the love and support of your family around.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!