Top Tips

Here are some of our favourite care tips:

  • Grab bars and elevated toilet seats make good safety sense. Non-slip bath mats should be in tubs and showers.
  • To avoid falls put night lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and other areas. Tack down or apply adhesive materials to the backs of rugs or remove them completely. Non-skid flooring is best and handrails should be installed on stairways.
  • Care giving requires a generosity of spirit but caregivers also need to take care of their own physical and emotional needs. Make sure you take a respite break to recharge your physical and emotional resources.
  • Stretch your mind. Learn new skills any way you can by taking courses, joining a book club, trying a new sport, or designing a garden. In a recent study of more than 2,800 older people, those who started exercising their minds more were better at handling daily activities 5 years later than people who were less mentally active.
  • Use a grabber reacher to reach items that are at an unsafe distance
  • Install and inspect smoke alarms frequently to make sure they are working properly
  • Purchase a medical alert system in order to get help in case of an emergency
  • Properly store medications using a pill organizer (Webster packs are available and dispensed from your local pharmacist) and use an alarm clock for medication reminders
  • Schedule frequent visits or telephone calls from neighbours and close family to check-in
  • Mark "on" and "off" positions on appliances clearly and with bright colours.
  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut off.
  • Store heavier objects at waist level.
  • Store hazardous items separate from food.
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.
  • Make sure food is rotated regularly. Check expiration dates.

Here are some fantastic travel tips as well! 

With more Australians travelling as they get older, it pays to prepare for a healthy and safe trip. For older people, the risk of death or serious illness while travelling is much the same as staying at home. Sensible planning is important for a whole host of reasons. You should consider the following before taking off:

  • See your doctor for a check-up and discuss your fitness for the trip you are planning.
  • See your dentist and optometrist.
  • Pack a spare pair of glasses, any medications you need and a small medical / first aid kit.
  • Organise travel health insurance with pre-existing illness cover if needed. Make sure it covers emergency evacuation.
  • Make sure routine immunisations are up-to-date and get vaccinated against influenza and pneumonia.
  • Consider your back; use luggage with built in wheels.
  • Take clothes and hats to suit the climate.
  • If concerned about your health, consider taking an organised holiday
  • Consider your stamina and keep flight lengths and plane transfers in mind. Discuss any issues with the travel agent.

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