The official blog of the Lung Institute.
Independence is an important issue for seniors and their families. Having independence is vital in establishing confidence and self-management, but for seniors who have difficult living circumstances, it can be an outright challenge. Seniors living with a lung disease can especially find it hard to perform daily tasks, but a challenge doesn’t mean it is impossible! February is National Senior Independence Living Month, and living without a caregiver is possible with a little bit of time and the right plan of action.
How It Can Be Done
For seniors with a medical condition, living without a caregiver doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. Here are some of the things you can do to prepare yourself or your loved one:
- Organizing Your Home – Make sure that your home is set up in a comfortable and accessible way. Have the kitchen stored the way you like it, let hallways remain clear and open, test the bathroom for safety and if possible, live in a residence with a single floor plan. Traversing up and down stairs can be a potential health risk.
- Have A Backup Plan – This is a must for any situation. Having a backup plan is important in case a problem should arise. Phones should be reachable throughout the house and a medical kit should be stored for emergencies.
- Keep In Touch – Living on your own can be great, but it is also a good idea to call family and friends to keep in touch. This allows everyone to know your status and reassure that you are doing alright.
- Medication Checklist – Keep your medicines in a safe location. Having a schedule or checklist is a helpful method to track what medicines you need to take. Also contact your doctor should anything happen to you.
- Hire A Coordinator – A professional coordinator can help with making any home safe for a senior. Safety checks and design options can make it easier for anyone.
Not all seniors need help in maintaining an independent lifestyle, but for those that do, they often look to their family for help. If you or a loved one needs help treating a debilitating lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease (ILD), the Lung Institute is here to answer your questions. Contact one of our patient coordinators at (800) 729-3065 to find out more about stem cell treatments for lung disease.