Things to Consider when Living Independently

As baby boomer retirees increase, so is the popularity of independent living communities.  These types of communities which are also known as retirement communities are for vibrant and active individuals aged 55 and older who want to live independently without having to worry about managing a home and risking their safety and security. The residents of this type of community do not require assistance for their daily activities such as eating, bathing, toileting, etc. but are permitted to use third-party home health care services to meet additional needs.

As you age, health concerns are also inevitable that’s why it is very important to ensure safety and security at your own home.

So here are 3 things to consider when living independently while providing you and your loved ones peace of mind.

1. Access to Essential Needs.

Many independent living communities offer meal services, basic housekeeping, laundry services and transportation.  Online grocery shopping is also perfect when living on your own.  Amazon’s Prime Pantry offers a wide range of grocery, gourmet food and other everyday household essentials that can be delivered straight to your doorstep.  You can also use Amazon’s Dash Replacement Service where you have certain supplies that are running low automatically ordered and delivered to your home.

2. Safety and Security at Home

As much as you want to live freely and independently, certain accidents are inevitable that’s why it is important to prepare your home and ensure safety.  Start by installing bathroom rails, adding non-slip mats on tiled floors, lowering shelves for easier access, removing floor hazards and adding more lighting.  It is also a must to install home security systems and if you permit, have your loved ones or caregiver an access to it.

3. Health Maintenance

Some, if not most of you have maintenance medications to take every day, as well as blood glucose levels and blood pressure monitoring.  With the help of technology, you can be reminded of your medications and doctor’s appointments through certain mobile health apps and “smart” pill bottles like the one from MedCenter.  You can also easily monitor your own blood pressure with the help of an automatic Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor.

About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for BabyBoomerTalkBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health. She is also the primary caregiver for her mother.

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