A home is full of memories. It is the place children are raised, gatherings are had, and the majority of our lives are lived. Memories live within every creak in the floor and every chip in the paint. These memories and attachments can make it hard to leave a home that provides so much comfort. As we get older, however, sometimes we are faced with the pressure to leave our houses and move into a nursing home. Luckily, for those senior citizens looking to maintain their independence and stay in the comfort of their home, there are options. Here are some top nursing home alternatives to consider:
Take Care of Your Physical Health
The most important, and yet maybe the most difficult, of all nursing home alternatives, is to keep yourself healthy and in good shape. Be sure to get enough exercise by going on walks, swimming, or joining exercise classes. Keeping the muscles strong and active should help to prevent falls.
On top of exercise, remember to eat well, stretch, and get a good night’s sleep. It is also important to stay up to date on medical appointments and take your medications on time. If you find yourself having trouble keeping track of appointments and prescriptions, the SOFIHUB home, for example, can help with spoken word reminders to take your pills or go to the doctor.
Exercise Your Mind
Just as important as physical health, our minds need to be kept fit as well. Stay social by joining workshops or classes offered in your neighbourhood. You can also stay connected with friends and family by using Facebook or other social media websites, which can easily be set up on your tablet or smartphone.
If you are looking for some fun activities to keep your brain active, crossword puzzles and sudoku are great options. As much as you love your home, be sure to get outside too and soak up that mood-boosting Vitamin D!
Secure Your Home
Staying in your home at an older age may mean that certain home improvement projects will have to be completed. Some simple fixes can go a long way in eliminating any safety hazards so that you can navigate your home with ease and security.
It is recommended to move bedrooms to the first floor, fix any lighting issues, use only non-slip bath mats, remove clutter from the floor, and install handrails in the bathroom. These home-securing measures should reduce the risk of falls and act as excellent nursing home alternatives.
Be Emergency Ready
Avoiding a nursing home and staying in the comfort of home requires you to be prepared should an accident happen. A fall can be a scary thought, but knowing that emergency help will be on the way should ease any fears you or your loved ones may have about you being alone in your home.
The SOFIHUB beacon allows you to maintain your independence, by detecting any falls and quickly alerting up to 10 emergency contacts. Family members can have peace of mind knowing that the 2-way call function allows them to call you at any time to check-in. This lightweight, waterproof, and easy to use device provides the perfect nursing home alternative, as it guarantees you will receive the help you need when you need it.
If staying in your home is important to you, but safety is a concern, remember that there are options. SOFIHUB home can help maintain your independence by keeping you connected.
To find out more about the SOFIHUB products explore the resources on the SOFIHUB website. You’ll find informational brochures, a frequently asked question section, and more. SOFIHUB products can also be found at JB Hi-Fi, Aidacare, and other stores near you. For more information, feel free to contact us at 1800 421 782.