When Dan was in his mid-70s he was still playing golf. Shortly after his wife fell ill, his whole world seemed to stop. He stopped playing golf, didn’t visit with his friends often, and spent most of his free time either in the hospital, nursing home, or other care setting. It was difficult for him to get through this time, but he never thought twice about his safety; he was always going to be there for his wife.
After she passed away and Dan had some time to grieve, he began stepping out, away from the house, and getting involved in certain activities. He felt as though he was too old to play golf any longer, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t have fun.
His oldest daughter, who had been there for him and her mother during those final years of her life, was concerned about his safety. She stopped by a couple of times recently and began talking about the things he was doing around the house.
“Dad,” she said, “I don’t think you should be doing that anymore.”
He turned to look at her and wondered what she was talking about. He had grabbed the stepladder and was getting something down from a closet. She was concerned that he would slip and fall.
“I’m not an invalid,” he replied, “yet.”
In a way, Dan was half joking, but he was also annoyed that his own daughter would try to keep him from doing certain activities. He had a lot of work to do around the house. He wanted to maintain this house and keep it in good shape. Since he wasn’t out playing golf and doing other activities, he still wanted to enjoy life.
Dan’s daughter didn’t quite realize that he could still have a high quality of life, enjoy doing certain things, and even have fun while staying safe at home. She had a right to be concerned, though, because she noticed certain issues with his physical capabilities and mobility that would mean he was not exactly safe when getting up and down from a ladder.
She encouraged him to rely on a home care aide.
“Dad,” she said, “this would be a great idea. You can still do everything you want, but if you have any issues or concerns about your safety at any time, then you would have somebody to lean on when I can’t be there.”
Seniors can certainly enjoy life and have fun, but safety should still be their top concern. It is, they need to be honest about their physical limitations and mobility issues.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Jensen Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620.
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