One of the downsides of getting older can be losing your independence. To help my grandmother maintain her independence she moved into a house that we shared as a large 3 generation family. My grandmother had a couple of rooms of her own, but really enjoyed joining in family life. She was a bit of a work horse and well into her late 80s, she was using an old-fashioned boiler to do a weekly whites wash, plus helping out with the cooking and childcare. A couple of falls made it more difficult to get around in time and she eventually couldn’t manage the stairs. Thankfully her room was on the same level as the bathroom (in fact it was the only room that didn’t have a least two steps between it and the bathroom), so that helped.
The problem was that she couldn’t get downstairs. Obviously, we could bring up meals and go to see her in her room, but it wasn’t the same for her as being a part of family life. I wonder if my parents should have looked into getting a Stannah Stairlift. I think it would have helped her a lot as she would have been able to get downstairs where all the hustle and bustle of daily life was going on. I suspect though that my parents didn’t think a stairlift was such a great idea with 5 children including some young ones in the house, who would no doubt have seen it as a fun toy. But, it would have been nice if she’d have been able to stay at home a bit longer. We did manage to keep her at home with us for a long time because my mother is a nurse and her specialism was geriatrics, but eventually we had to look at other solutions. Technology has moved on and there are other options to consider now like home lifts, which would have made life much easier.