If you are like most Americans, you have probably suffered an injury or two in your life. Some of them may have been relatively minor. Some a bit more serious. Whatever your level of experience with significant injuries, you probably realize the older you get, the more susceptible you become to devastating injuries.
When it comes to seniors, it is vital to pay attention to safety. That means for somebody who is of advanced years and has balance related challenges, diminished strength, or other health issues, the proper level of support and care can make a world of difference in avoiding these types of injuries.
What type of care are we talking about?
Senior care. This can mean many different things to different people, but for the most part it will refer to home care, independent living, family caregiving, assisted living, and maybe even nursing home care.
Does an elderly person who has become weaker due to age or health issues need to live for the rest of their life in a nursing home? No, they don’t. In fact, that is a costly option that should be reserved for those who have significant health issues that need to be monitored 24 hours a day.
What about assisted living? If an elderly person has difficulty just getting out of bed, would assisted living be the only option? No, it wouldn’t.
Having a home care aide supporting them in the morning, helping them get out of bed, walk down the hall to go to the bathroom, take a shower, or prepare a meal can be a great way to help them stay safer.
What if the senior is living alone?
The risk of injuries or more significant emergencies can increase. Even an elderly person who seems to be strong, fit, and stable on their feet can be susceptible to challenges.
Take arthritis, for example. A flareup of arthritis can affect a person’s ability to just stand up in the morning, especially after a good, healthy night’s sleep when their joints aren’t moving much.
Being stiff in the morning could cause imbalance, which can lead to a slip and fall and subsequent injuries.
By turning to senior care, even if it doesn’t seem all that needed at the moment, could be a great way to help an elderly person in your life avoid injuries that could linger a long time. It’s something to talk about when you recognize the difficulties an aging senior in your life is facing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Holmdel Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 888-492-3538 or 732-566-1112.