It’s relatively easy to understand why seniors may face more difficult circumstances as they age. The body begins to break down as people get older. This transition from peak physical fitness and strength begins to occur in our 30s, progresses through the 40s and 50s, and begins to accelerate from the 60s onward. When a person is 65 or over, each year is going to present them with increasing challenges and risks.
It’s not always easy for people to accept these new realities in life, and some have difficulty really understanding why they just might not be as safe at home, living alone or not, as they were just a few years ago. Below are three reasons why safety for some seniors will likely be compromised in time.
Reason #1: They don’t accept their new limitations.
A senior who understands his or her limitations is going to be more diligent in protecting the integrity of their safety, vitality, strength, and physical fitness. They will pay attention to the areas that give them the most trouble, such as walking up and down the stairs.
If they have trouble navigating steps, they will likely be more focused and willing to do whatever is necessary to keep themselves safer, which could include installing a stair lift. That doesn’t mean they will have to use it every time, but knowing it’s there can be a great asset.
Reason #2: They try to do everything themselves.
Some people have a difficult time simply asking for assistance. They try to go it alone. That doesn’t serve anyone any real benefit. When an aging senior attempts to do everything by themselves, they increase the risk of some injury or accident.
Reason #3: Even simple tasks, like bathing, can be riskier the older we are.
If a person is slowing down and it takes them longer to get out of bed or go up and down the stairs, if they have a tendency to double clutch the back of a chair to maintain their balance every once in a while, even simple tasks like just stepping into or out of the shower or over the lip of the tub can be riskier.
Grab bars and a shower seat can be a valuable asset in helping these seniors stay safer at home. So can relying on the support of an experienced and qualified home care aide.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Springfield, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.