There’s no fun in reaching a point in your life when you can no longer do some of the things you used to take for granted. For example, as people get older they aren’t going to be able to compete athletically at the same level they could in their 20s or 30s. That’s not an easy thing to accept for some individuals, but time is relentless; at some point it will be necessary to accept one’s own limitations. For seniors, many of them will certainly not want to admit that they are compromised, especially with regard to their safety.
When a person isn’t honest about their physical abilities, they increase the risk to their safety.
For example, if an aging senior is having difficulty just slipping out of bed and walking down the hall, how much more difficult is it for them to maintain balance when going up and down the stairs? Or, what happens when they want to take care of some work around the house?
Are they really going to be able to get that extension ladder out, set it up against the gutters, climb up, and maintain balance while they clean the gutters out in the spring? There are people in their 80s these days still trying to do these things, mostly because they won’t admit this is no longer a safe option for them.
Yes, they might be able to do it this year and next. They might go slow, take their time, and make sure their footing is secure with every step, but eventually one little slip, one minor shift of their weight can cause them to lose balance.
The older a person is, the greater the risk becomes of falling. The older a person is, the greater the risk becomes of serious injuries as a result of those falls. Keep in mind that once a person is 65, the mortality rate within a year following a broken hip can increase by a few percentage points. In fact, when a person is 80, there is a greater than one in four chance he or she will not survive another year following a broken hip (Schnell at al.).
That’s why it’s so important that seniors are honest about their physical capabilities, diminishing strength, and need for support. When they are, when they value their own safety, they should also consider a home care aide who has experience because this is one of the best ways to stay active and safe at home.
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A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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