Encouraging Independent Living With The Elderly

All though we get to a time in our life where we become grandparents and life is fun with new generations joining us. And we are surrounded by the laughter of children. But as we get older, things around us can also be slightly more difficult. We are more susceptible to illnesses and the recovery time is harder. One of these illnesses is Arthritis.  As you get older arthritis can start to trouble you with joint pain, tenderness and stiffness. As well as the restricted movement of joints. And then there is inflammation in and around the joints that causes pain. The two main arthritis are  Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, which actually affect about 8 million people in the UK at a single time.

But there are things that can be done to make your life easier. Finding ways to deal with the problems associated with lifelong illnesses means you don't have to suffer in silence. You keep hold of your independence and you can show people that there is still life in the old dog yet!


When you get older, there is no need to stop travelling. You can get so much help these days with special assistance at airports and train stations. It isn't just for people with disabilities, it is also for elderly people with life long illnesses too. It could mean the difference between going on holiday or not. In order to get special assistance, you need to contact your airline before you travel from an airport. And to get travel assistance from a bus company or train company, you just need to call their special assistance phone number before you travel.

Independent Living

Elderly people often want to stay in their own home for as long as possible because it is the home they bought their family up in. There is so much history in the home and it is heartbreaking when they need to leave. But we can support them to remain in their own home by making their house adaptable. Making simple changes like swapping the sofa for a recliner and easy riser chair will help them to get comfortable. These chairs help you to stand up without having to put pressure on your bones and then hopefully you can stand up without pain. Recliners and easy riser chairs also help you to keep balanced as you stand up and you don't get a head rush as you stand up to quick. Try looking at something like Fenetic Recliner Chairs, These chairs come in different designs to suit your furnishings. You could also apply to the council for a grant to have a walk-in shower installed in the bathroom. 

Retirement Centres

Most towns have a retirement centre where the elderly can meet for a chat. There is nothing worse than going days without speaking to someone as you get older. These centres get them out of the house. They offer lunch and afternoon board games to keep people occupied. Many retirement centres also have a dementia suite where you can drop elderly relatives off and they are surrounded by things from the 1950s or 1960s. It is a safe environment for them to be in whilst you go for the well-deserved coffee break. They often have wartime days in the retirement centres too. 

Meals on Wheels

This is important for many elderly people to remain in their own home because although they might be able to do simple tasks by themselves, they might struggle with cooking a full meal. This is delivered to your door by someone, it is cooked and warm enough for them to eat. They will even plate it up for the customer. 

Part-time carers

You can arrange for a care company to come in a few times a day, just to check everything is okay and to help with either hygiene care or domestic help. It is usually the same carer so that the elderly person doesn't become confused and they start to trust the carer. These carers are often a local person and you can get help from social services to pay for them. Make sure you get recommendations from friends about which care company to go for.


Sometimes an elderly person loses their life long partner, their soul mate and best friend. It can be hard for them to move on after this has happened but helplines such as The Silver line on 0800 4 70 80 90 where they offer help, support and friendship to lonely and grieving elderly people. , 

Careline Or Mobile Phone

When an elderly person has a few falls, but still wants to remain independent, it is a really good idea to get them set up with a careline. They wear a necklace with an alarm around their neck, then if they fall they can get help at the press of a button. Giving them a mobile phone with easy access buttons could also help in an emergency or for them to simply keep in touch. Phones designed for the elderly with failing eyesight are normally available from a disability aid shop. 

There are many ways that you can keep your family independent in their own home, or in yours for as long as possible. Supporting them is easy when you have the correct support and products at home to help them.