At Home Adjustments To Make Caregiving Easier

By Paige A. Mitchell

When you or a loved one is sick, the place you most want to be to recover is safe in your home. It makes sense—the surroundings are familiar, it’s easier to relax, and you often have what you need right at your fingertips. Some homes are well equipped for at-home caregiving, but often, adjustments need to be made in order to make the home a place where real rehabilitation can happen. These include basic home modifications, safety measures, and home-based services, like hiring cleaners or chefs.

Accessibility

In terms of basic home modifications, AARP suggests considering things like: 

  • Zero-threshold entry to the house, which is helpful for wheelchairs and walkers, as well as carrying groceries and suitcases inside.

  • Wide doorways and halls, allowing more room for passage.

  • Controls and switches that are reachable from a wheelchair.

  • Variable countertop heights, so people can stand up without straining their backs to bend over or so they can sit at them in a wheelchair.

  • Easy-to-use handles and doorknobs—lever handles are best.

  • A raised toilet and grab bars in the bathroom.

Safety and security

Safety measures could include adding or increasing a home security system, adding a peephole to the door, and installing motion-activated lights inside or outside. These are also handy for those who may be forgetful, as they can turn on and off without the handling of a switch.  

Another tip for caregivers is to always keep a list of emergency contacts handy, even if there is a regular caregiver in the home. Keeping it by the phone makes it easy for family members or emergency responders to get the information they need. It should include contact information for doctors, family members, friends, someone from their church or religious institution if applicable, and a veterinarian or animal hospital if there are pets in the home.

Streamline your schedule

If you are the caregiver, it could be helpful to streamline certain tasks when you can, so you can give your loved one more attention. Chefs for Seniors is a great service that can take care of meals, so you can focus on more important things. We can accommodate all kinds of specialty diets, including low sodium, gluten free, and diabetic diets. Chefs come to cook in your home, so there’s no need to worry about transport. We cook multiple servings of each meal, and you and your family can choose the meals that sound best to you and fit your needs. With three different service options, there’s something available for every budget. We can even cook for a dinner party! 

You might also sign up for a home warranty to streamline home maintenance. These plans cover repairs and replacements of major appliances and systems, so you can keep your home up and running while enjoying the peace of mind when something breaks. These companies are responsible for finding a certified technician to handle the problem and they schedule appointments for you. All you have to do is file a claim.

Take care of yourself too

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making the right adjustments for at-home caregiving. As a caregiver, make sure you also utilize resources to keep yourself balanced and healthy, to ensure that the arrangement is a good one. Don’t forget to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, making time for exercise, and asking for help when you need it.