Make every day easier
The COVID-19 crisis is placing a lot of pressure on hospital systems. To support our NHS frontline services, we need to keep people who don’t need this level of care in the community, safe at home. By preventing falls and related fractures, we can avoid A&E admission too.
Many hospitals across the UK need to make room for Covid19 patients so you may find that the person you care for is discharged a little earlier than you expected. Whether recovering from a short injury or managing a long term health condition they may still need support at home which because of current guidelines, may mean you cannot be there to help.
With the government urging everyone to stay at home, particularly the elderly and vulnerable – supporting your loved ones from a distance can be a real worry. The good news is you can help:
- Boost confidence with aids to help make everyday tasks easier, reducing pain and discomfort
- Maintain independence with daily tasks of self care without worry of a fall
- Strong and practical support to move safely around the home
What is safe & practical
You want to ensure those you care for when you cannot be with them are staying safe and comfortable at home. Now is the time to have that conversation with them about their daily tasks which may include taking medication, getting dressed, going to the bathroom, preparing food – to make sure they are confident doing everything they need.
Everyone’s needs are different but simple changes around the home can make all the difference – here’s a quick 2 min home safety guide checklist as a starter conversation you can use:
- Rooms and stairways are clutter-free
Remove all clutter, such as stacks of old newspapers and magazines, trailing wires especially from hallways and staircases. Keeping access routes around the house clear makes good sense.
- Grab bars and handrails are brilliant safety devices
Bending over to get dressed can leave you light headed – leave clothes on a chair ready for the next day.
Going up and down stairs, getting on and off the toilet, and stepping in and out of the bath a worry and a struggle? There are a range of grab rails available and not all of them need to be professionally fitted. Read our free grab rail guide here
- Light it right
Inadequate lighting can be another major hazard. It is quite normal to need to go the toilet in the night – suggest fitting a night-light in bedrooms, stairs and bathrooms to give better guidance moving around. These can be bought from many online retailers, shipped direct and then simply stuck to bedside cabinet or on the landing
- Make it nonslip
Baths and showers, as well as floors in kitchens, bathrooms, and porches, can become extremely dangerous when wet – the bathroom is the most common place for a fall to happen. Remove loose rugs and replace with non-slip mats – you can put one in the bath too.
- Keep safe
Making sure we keep a healthy diet and hydrated, don’t forget the kitchen:
- Keep climbing, stretching and bending to a minimum, move what you use regularly to a waist height shelf
- Avoid balancing on steps to reach
- Make sure all hazardous cleaning materials are stored away from the cooker
Getting help with tasks you or they can’t do safely is just as important too – the focus here is to maintain normal routines as best as is practical.
Keeping in touch
During these uncertain times, keeping in touch is more important than ever.
- Making sure the home phone is near to hand, it might be an idea to have a second handset by the bedside
- Discuss activities that can be done within the home to avoid boredom and support rehabilitation. Gentle stretching exercises are good for us all.
- Social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch across friends, family and all ages – parents, grandparents, children, nephews and nieces.
- Build a schedule across your friends/family network to keep in touch routinely. You can add a theme adding in new topics – it might be to swap recipes, do a quiz, set up your own book club
- Write a letter, walking to post a letter can be part of your daily exercise.
Maintain confidence in daily tasks of self care – with the reassurance and expert advice of Occupational Therapists who have been prescribing our equipment for the last 30 years and more, across the UK and around the world.
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Please remember to look after yourself and those you care for and for the latest updates, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-update