When you don’t really think something is a problem, you never really give it a second thought. For seniors, safety could be an issue they don’t really think much about, mostly because they don’t see the hazards that exist all around them. Most of us take our safety for granted, and that gets more complicated as we get older.
Consider your own safety for one entire day.
You went to sleep last night and felt completely comfortable, right? You checked the locks on the doors, set the alarm, and went to sleep. When you got up in the morning, you swung your legs out of bed, went to the bathroom, took a shower, made breakfast, and so on. Did you notice how many potential hazards you just went through? Just stepping into the tub or shower could pose some safety issues.
You may have slipped once or twice and never gave it a second thought. That’s because you weren’t injured. You didn’t fall. When you’re younger and stronger, you rarely pay much attention to those subtle nuances that could cause somebody else to lose their balance.
As people age, their body changes. Even those who work out regularly are going to lose more and more muscle mass. It becomes much more challenging to not just gain muscle, but to even maintain what they do have. At some point in time it may be more difficult, exhausting, or unsettling just to go up and down the stairs. Still, that doesn’t mean a person is ‘unsafe,’ does it?
Of course not. However, the more difficult it is to perform certain physical tasks, the more concern there needs to be about safety. Addressing safety concerns does not mean seniors need to give up their independence, move, or have somebody watching over them like a hawk every single day.
Home care support can be a great asset.
Hiring a home care aide through an agency, for example, can allow an aging senior to know when somebody is going to be there to help them. They might only take a shower every other day now, and that’s just fine. However, if they’re uncomfortable doing this without somebody at the house because they know they could very well slip, that home care aide can be an asset.
They might also consider installing grab bars, nonslip pads, a shower seat, and other amenities that can improve safety. Just because somebody doesn’t look at their safety too closely doesn’t mean it hasn’t been compromised due to age.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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