By now you’re probably humming Sir Henry Rowley Bishop’s tune Home, Sweet Home and remembering John Payne’s lines: “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home”. The song has been famous for almost 190 years and resonates because it reminds us of an important part of our lives.
But what if age, illness or disability means living at home becomes a challenge? Most of us would do anything to avoid the heart-wrenching decision to leave the place we know and love; the place we know where everything is, the repository of years of memories.
The good news is help is at hand. These days there are many aids and adaptions, support workers and advisors which together can make independent living an option for most people. If you are looking for support at home in Essex or Edinburgh there is bound to be an organisation close at hand. Simply go on line to research your options for products and services which make all the difference to your life.
There is a huge range of aids available including walking sticks, grab rails, hoists to help you get into and out of the bath, chairs, panic alarms specially adapted showers and kitchen gadgets.
If you want to remain in your own home but feel you need someone to turn to if you have a fall an emergency a telephone helpline might reassure you.
Don’t be worried about accepting outside help with any aspect of your care, dignity, benefit entitlement or mobility. After all, if you are living independently with help and support you will feel happier and more confident. Because of the cost of caring for people in hospital and new trends in primary care there has been a big growth in home care support services and these are becoming the norm.
Many people are perfectly capable of living independent lives but just need some company, perhaps after the death of their partner. Lots of towns and cities offer day centres for older people and those with disabilities. Many organise lunches, tea dances and other social occasions so you can get together with other people with whom you have something in common. It may be that getting out of the house and chatting to someone once a week is all you need to feel connected to the wider world. Some groups will provide lifts to these social activities, so don’t panic if you haven’t got access to a car or the public transport in your area isn’t very good. There really is no reason why you shouldn’t join in.
If you aspire to remain in your own home rather than moving into a residential or care home there is plenty of support out there so make sure you access it and live your life the way you want.
Visit : http://www.essexcares.org