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Think about the elderly at Halloween and Bonfire Night

It’s the time of year again when all the young people get dressed up as zombies, vampires and ghosts and set out to scare the living daylights out of anyone bold enough to open the door to trick or treaters. The fun continues a week later on 5th November when we set fireworks off in rememberance of Guy Fawkes and his treason plot. All great fun for most, but not everyone has the nerves to enjoy this time of year and it would be considerate to bear a thought for our elderly folk who may get confused by all the noise and unusual activity....
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Luxury bathroom suites which give the ‘wow’ factor

Here at walk in Showers and baths, not only do we offer bathrooms which are low level and easy access for the elderly and disabled, we also install dream bathrooms which give the wow factor for any home. Bathrooms have come a long way since the days of the Victorians.  They used to drag a tiny tub into the kitchen for their weekly clean! Yes weekly clean, that was the norm, they only bathed once a week back then. They would wash they hands and face more often but the rest got left.  Thank goodness for the modern bathroom.  Now we have power showers that can play music, mirrors that also play music, walk in showers for the elderly and...
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Interview with retired pentioner Sheila Clayton 73

The elderly represent a large group of our general population. The majority have a particularly strong wish to stay fit and healthy in order to avoid having to depend on help by others. Some of the problems the elderly face include failing heath, neglect, isolation, abuse, fear boredom and the stress involved with the lack of preparedness for old age. We should all be doing more for the elderly. Learning what it feels like to be old is one way of changing peoples perceptions of the elderly. The following is an interview with a 73 year old retired woman called Sheila Clayton from Telford in Shropshire. Q. Since you have become older what daily activities do you find more of...
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Moving Downstairs and Removing the Barriers

A decision to move downstairs is a daunting one, but one that can benefit and make your lives much easier if needed due to age or illness. A major barrier concerning a move downstairs is that in many houses the bathroom is located upstairs. This will pose possibly the biggest hurdle to overcome, but is in no doubt doable....
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Reducing the Risk of Falls for the Elderly

We all want to protect our elderly family members and help them keep safe, secure, and independent for as long as possible. Knowing how to reduce the risk of falling is a step towards this goal. Unsurprisingly falls and slips are the leading cause of injuries in the elderly.  Adults aged 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls and slips which can result in very serious injuries which can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives.  Falls don’t just happen; there is an underlying cause or risk factor involved. A risk factor could be due to a medical problem or disease or it could be due to safety hazards in the person’s home. As we...
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Arthritis can make bath time difficult

Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of people in the UK. The disorder occurs when there is an inflammation of the joints meaning sufferers usually complain of intense and frustrating pain in the affected areas....
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5 Elderly Care Bathroom Design Tips

Getting older is a fact of life and we should be grateful if our parents gets to a grand old age.  It can be worrying for family members due to the fact that the elderly are more prone to accidents.  As daughters and sons we want our parents to live happily at home for as long as possible. This can only really be achieved if the home is made safe. Slips and falls in the bathroom is the number one most common injury for the aging. Ask any old person what they struggle the most with and they will say getting in and out of the bath. Sadly not everyone can afford to completely remodel the bathroom, but the reality...
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“Seniorize” Your Parents’ Home

Care homes can be wonderful for aging seniors who need some assistance with essential living skills, but not all seniors are thrilled about moving out of their homes.  This is not surprising, most elderly when asked would say they would rather see out their final days at home.   If your parent is teetering on the independent vs. dependent scale, you may be able to defer moving him or her out of the home if you take the time to “seniorize” your parents’ home.  It might take some effort, but well worth it if you parent can smile knowing he or she can keep some independence and live at home for the rest of their life. Injury free atmosphere Not only...
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