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Focusing on Long-Term Care Will Help Improve Senior Home Safety

Family Caregiver Tips in Hobe Sound, FL

Family-Caregiver-TipsNovember is National Long Term Care Awareness Month and when you’re talking about senior home safety, planning ahead is the best way to make sure the elderly loved one in your life remains safe, at least as much as possible. Ultimately, there is no way to absolutely guarantee safety for anyone, regardless of their age and physical capability. All we can do is focus on various safety issues and trying to minimize risks.

When you have an aging parent or grandparent who is living alone, it can be unsettling, especially if you have seen them struggling to get around safely on their own. As people get older they will lose muscle mass and that can affect their balance directly.

Added on top of all that, the most significant cause of serious injuries among the elderly are accidental falls at home. Even though your aging mother or father doesn’t need any direct assistance at the moment, it’s time to begin planning for the future.

The signs.

Pay attention to the signs that will indicate the need for some type of home care assistance in the future. Some of these signs can be them calling you to ask for assistance bringing something downstairs to the basement or back up, especially if it is something relatively light. If that’s the case, they already feel a bit unsettled or unbalanced when walking around.

If your elderly loved one has already fallen, even though they weren’t injured at the moment, it could be an indication of something more serious beginning to develop. Sure, it could’ve been a natural accident that happens to everyone from time to time, so you need to be clear on exactly why they fell and the circumstances surrounding it.

Begin the conversation now.

The best way to begin talking about long term care planning is to have a conversation with the senior as soon as possible. The elderly individual may not want to consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide, and that is their choice. You need to respect their decision, but learn as much as you can about home care services so you can relay those benefits to them.

Discuss certain concerns you may have about safety issues for that senior at home right now. Make them aware that these can lead to serious injuries and, if there’s a way to avoid it, that’s the best option.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Hobe Sound, FL, contact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.