Living at home for longer

What does independent living have in common with a jar opener?

According to the Centre for Ageing Better most older people don’t live in retirement communities or care homes – and over 90% live in their own homes and want to stay there.

As we become older we often need to adapt our lifestyles, and find new ways to support ourselves. The right product can have a profound impact on your ability to manage independently.

The aids recommended by a physiotherapist or provided through NHS Occupational Therapists are typically the essential things needed for basic care and safety, such as walking frames, sticks or bath seats. Let’s face it these aren’t the most attractive things to have in your home.

Finding the right solutions – innovative gadgets can have a big impact

We’ve found that it’s often the smaller, more innovative products which can provide the biggest impact to daily living. Gadgets to help you open a jar or bottle, a kettle that won’t spill or isn’t too heavy to hold, that extra raised seat for the loo – or even a clever device to help you put on your socks.  These are the products which incrementally make a difference, and really help people to continue to live independently.

Practical products don’t have to look drab…

At Granny Gets a Grip we are shining a bright new light on the world of home assistance by sourcing the most effective  independent living aids.  Most of the solutions available from existing providers are basic, clunky, and often make your home look like a care home.  Most people of a certain age, who grew up with rock-and-roll in a design led era, don’t wish to highlight their frailties.  Granny Gets a Grip’s ethos is to provide home aids for independent living that are both appealing to the eye as well as highly functional.

Who else can help?

There are a number of agencies UK-wide offering tailored home care services designed to help you to retain your independence in the comfort of your own home – providing the right level of support and specialist care to enable you to live your life to the fullest.

Age Space offers a useful overview for independent living and helpful advice if you are looking for care at home for yourself or your relatives.

There are lots of useful services and practical changes you can make to help you or your elderly parents live at homeindependently, for as long as possible – Age Space Care at Home is a useful guide.

Home care — also known as day care, domiciliary care or visiting care, is the provision of care at home for the elderly. This can be as little as a short visit once a week, to set hours every day, to overnight care. Home carers can support you or your relative in a range of ways that will help you to remain happy, safe and independent at home. 

There are many agencies out there specialising in home care in the UK. Costs and levels of care can vary enormously – so be sure to do your research. We have selected an example agency – with the highest standards of practice – to give you an idea of what you should expect when looking for the right care.

“We help you to retain your independence in the comfort of your own home, providing the right level of support and specialist care to enable you to live your life to the fullest”.