How to maintain independence as you age

As we get older, it can become more and more difficult to complete the daily tasks that we once took for granted. This can be quite distressing, particularly to somebody who has historically been very active or independent and can lead to low moods and lower self-esteem which, in turn, can lead to depression and a sense of isolation and helplessness. 

But ageing and the consequent decrease in mobility doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your independence and there are plenty of ways to maintain your independence and continue to live an active life, long into old age.

Reduce the likelihood of trips or falls 

One of the key barriers to independence is injury caused by a trip or fall. Convalescing from a fall can severely reduce mobility and therefore independence and so should be avoided at all costs.

Make sure your home is free from trip hazards. Common culprits include trailing cables, draught excluders and smaller items of furniture, such as footstools. Make sure the passage around your home is clear of obstructions so that you can move freely around without fear of tripping over.

Install grab rails 

Having grab rails installed in the home will ensure you have the means to safely move about your home.

Many local charities, such as your local branch of Age UK, will offer a handyman service and, for a reduced fee or even no charge at all in some cases, will install the equipment for you and make sure your home is safe.

Make use of local charities 

Local charities and community groups will offer a wide range of activities to keep you actively involved in your local community. Whether that’s days out, coffee morning or evening entertainment, your local community centre will offer plenty of activities to keep you occupied. 

Learn to use technology 

With the pace with which the world is changing, it can be easy to get left behind.

Many daily tasks can now be completed using the internet. Whether that’s paying your bills, managing household finances or just doing some shopping.

However, if you’re not familiar with technology, this can feel a little daunting.

Most local community centres will run classes helping you to feel more confident using technology and getting the most out of the internet. This can help you with a wide range of tasks as it will mean fewer trips into town to perform errands that can be easily completed online.

You can also keep up with your correspondence and keep in touch with loved ones as well as discover new activities and services in your local area.

Adjustable furniture 

Rise and Recline chairs and adjustable beds are a fantastic way to support independent living, even in cases of severely reduced mobility. A rise and recline chair will safely support you to your feet so you can stand more easily and without fear of falling. An electric adjustable bed will work in the same way, allowing you to comfortably rise from your bed. Both riser recliner chairs and adjustable beds allow you to sit and lay more comfortably and help prevent the appearance of other conditions, such as acid reflux or pressure ulcers.

Reduced mobility doesn’t have to mean a reduction in independence. With Rise and Recline Ltd you can maintain your independence long into old age. Take a look out our range of rise and recline chairs and adjustable beds to find out more.