Questions are good. For those who have certain questions, either for themselves, for someone else, or even regarding the safety of an elderly family member, NOT asking them is the worst thing to do. Far too many people assume certain questions are considered ‘stupid,’ so they never ask them.
When it comes to safety for any senior, whether it’s a friend, family member, or someone else you know, it’s absolutely essential to ask questions and address situations as they arise. Here are three questions you might have about the safety of your aging mother or father. If you have others, make sure you ask someone.
Question #1: Are they really safe?
You may have heard them say they’re fine, but your observations counter that claim. You’ve seen them stumble, almost fall, or you may have even had to go over and assist them after a fall.
Even though they might want to take pride in their own ability to take care of themselves, at some point they need to be realistic. Evaluate the situation from an honest and unbiased perspective, if you can. If you notice specific things that cause you concern about their safety, discuss it with them directly.
Question #2: What can you do to help?
If you live in the same town or close by, you may volunteer to help them however you can. In reality, though, the best thing is to talk about the prospect of hiring a home care aide. Home care providers who have a great deal of experience working with other elderly clients often have great insight into the common issues seniors face, what kinds of improvements in the house can boost safety, and more.
Question #3: What if they refuse assistance?
Some seniors may feel that asking for help or even relying on a home care aide is a sign of a loss of independence. These seniors will likely fight that as long as they can. This can be frustrating for loved ones who are worried about them, but is there anything you can do?
First, it’s important that we all respect a senior’s wishes. Even if those wishes go against common sense with regard to safety, it’s important to respect them.
Second, the more people learn about home care support services, the easier it is to convince others this is a great option to consider. Allow yourself some time to understand the benefits home care offers and anticipate some of the most common questions or arguments against it your loved one may have.