Family Caregiver Tips in Hobe Sound, FL
November 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.
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.
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.
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