Australians are living longer than ever and want to stay at home as they age. These tips can help you to live an independent life longer in & around your home.

Homecare advantage #1
Save money

Homecare advantage #2
Stay in familiar surroundings

Homecare advantage #3
Maintain easy access to family and friends

Homecare advantage #4
Maintain greater independence

Australian Senior Fact #1
Falls are the leading cause of hospitalisation for senior Australians around the home.
⅓ of Australian adults 65+ will have a fall this year.
½ of Australian adults 80+ will have a fall this year.

Australian Senior Fact #2
Letters from the Queen (no. of Australians turning 100 per year)
Today 2643
2044 18567

By 2044 there will be 14x people more over age 85+

Click the image to view it full screen.Home Care BaptistCare YouChoose Retired Living Aged Care Elderly Health Infographic

Your Home

Home modification
Install grab rails and non-slip rubber mats in the bathtub and shower.

20/20 vision
Install sensor lights around the home and in entryways and stairs.

Never put a foot wrong
Install contrasting coloured safety tape to the edge of steps.

Declutter to avoid a trip to hospital
Avoid the use of scatter rugs, clear the floor of clutter, and secure any cords or loose carpet to avoid trip hazards.

Your Independence

Get a little helping hand
Use long handled aids to help reach items at unsafe distances.

Everyone’s getting online
79% of Australians access the internet daily and the number of senior Australians online is doubling every year.

A bit of help goes a long way
Getting some in-home care will help seniors stay independent for longer. It might even be subsidized by the Government.

Help is a button push away
Get a medical alert system like carecall.org.au for peace of mind in emergencies.

Down boy!
Watch your step as many falls involve overzealous pets.

Your Community

Get social
A great way to stay in touch with your children and grandchildren is to connect with them on Facebook, Skype and Instagram. You can see their photos and hear their thoughts, becoming an even more active part of their lives, no matter where you are.

Plan ahead
Schedule frequent visits with neighbours and family.

Isolation is a killer
According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, both social isolation and loneliness are associated with a higher risk of mortality in adults aged 52 and older.

Feeling isolated? Take a class
A review of studies found that the most effective programs for combating isolation include an educational or training component: for instance, classes on health-related topics, computer training or exercise classes.

Want to connect? Technology can help senior isolation
A tablet equipped with apps and programs geared toward seniors, can increase communication with friends and family who live further away by using voice or video calls to connect. Apps can also provide ways to challenge your brain by playing games, or to help find things to do and local events within your community.

Coming in loud and clear?
For seniors with hearing loss, there are some phone modifications and online support programs that can provide a token benefit. Having a hearing aid installed can drastically improve communication and connectedness with others, reducing feelings of frustration and isolation. The same goes for cataract surgery and other medical interventions.

Your Health

Get regular medical check-ups
Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world but it pays to get regular check-ups with your GP before health problems become an insurmountable problem.

Lets get physical
Group exercise programs are a wonderfully effective way to reduce isolation and loneliness in seniors — and of course, they have the added benefit of being great for both physical and mental health. Endorphins away!

Healthy to the bone
Eat and drink 1,200 mg of calcium a day. That could mean a serve of salmon, ricotta cheese, yoghurt, milk, almond milk, cereal, broccoli, kale, tofu, some figs and an orange to keep your bones strong. Sit in the sun to enjoy these foods as  vitamin D enhances calcium absorption. A dietitian can help you ensure that you are getting enough nutrients to maintain good health specific to your needs.

Use it or lose it
Research suggests that moderate to intense walking where you are mildly breathless for at least 15 minutes, can prevent cognitive decline, stave off dementia and slow brain ageing by as much as 10 years. Twice weekly exercise using resistance weights will also increase muscle and bone strength, keeping you stronger for longer and independent at home! Talk with your GP and a physiotherapist to ensure you get a program that is safe and specific to your needs.

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If you or a loved one wants more information on living at home longer, contact the BaptistCare Customer Engagement Centre on 1300 275 227 or draft a home care plan today at YouChoose.org.au.

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