Senior Home Safety in Doral FL
You want your mother to be safe at home. You’ve been looking after her for a while, and you noticed she’s not taking a shower nearly as often as you’d like. She might be taking a shower once a week, at best.
You’ve talked about the problem or your concern, and the best thing she’s come up with so far is she doesn’t feel it’s necessary any longer. You don’t buy into that. Not for a second.
You know your mother well, and you’re convinced she’s concerned about her own safety.
A lot of seniors become concerned with their safety at home, especially as they get older and begin dealing with a number of changes to their physical capabilities. Your mother might be concerned that she doesn’t feel steady on her feet.
She’s lost enough strength in her legs to make it difficult for her to get out of bed some mornings. At times, she’s gripping the handrail while going up or down stairs as though she’ll fall at any moment.
Your mother may be okay getting into and out of a walk-in shower, but she has a regular tub. She has to lift her foot up and over the lip of the tub and then step into it with her other foot, just to get situated.
Considering a walk in tub with a shower seat is a much better option, especially for those seniors who are dealing with various physical struggles.
Here are a few great tips that can help you determine the best walk in tub at this point in your mother’s life.
Tip #1: Choose quality.
Instead of focusing on the cheapest possible one you can find, focus on the best one that will serve your mother in the most effective manner. The cheapest one may very well be good enough, but you just want to make sure quality is given a top priority.
Tip #2: Encourage the use of bars.
Even with the best walk in tub, if you don’t have grab bars installed, and if your mother slips at any time, she won’t have the support she needs to stay upright. Grab bars are incredibly important to help keep seniors safe whenever they have to take a shower.
Tip #3: Rely on assistance at first.
When you’re considering installing a walk in tub, that’s great, but your mother still needs support and assistance now. A home care aide can be a great asset.
Not only will it avoid a potentially uncomfortable situation for you or your mother, you might learn a lot about the best ways to support and care for her moving forward.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Doral, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620
I am originally from Connecticut and grew up in the small town of Ellington.I have a diverse background in health care which I started at the age of 16.I became an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and volunteered with the Ellington Ambulance Post 512. Ellington was the only volunteer ambulance group that staffed EMS calls with high school students during the day with an advisor driver.I then became a member of the Ellington Fire Department Station 43 in 1990 and became fire fighter 1 certified in 1992. During my nine years as a volunteer fire fighter I obtained certifications in confined space rescue, cold water rescue, pre hospital trauma life support certifications to list a few.I had the opportunity to work on an Advanced Life Support Ambulance with American Medical Response based out of Stafford Springs, and also became an EMS certified Dispatcher for the same company.
I became a Florida resident in 2003 where I started my senior services career at an Assisted Living community in 2004/2005.Since then I have volunteered on the Alzheimer’s Association walk committee’s and have assisted with other charities in the community. I have been married since 2007 and we were blessed with our first daughter in 2008 and our second daughter in 2010.Our girls keep us quite busy with after school activities which includes gymnastics and softball. I enjoy fishing, free diving, watching football, and playing softball. I also enjoy camping and lots of family time making lasting memories with my girls.
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