Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are wonderful to have around. One of the running jokes that does have some level of truth to it is that grandparents can spoil their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren, and then don’t have to deal with the poor behavior and discipline. For those family members who may be bringing their small children along with them to visit with this elderly loved one, it’s important to be aware of certain safety risks that can occur just having these little ones scurrying around.
Toys can sometimes be left out.
One thing children are notorious for is not putting away their toys. If they bring in toys from outside or the grandmother or grandfather has some toys at their house for them, if they don’t put them away and they are left on the floor, what happens if the senior is walking around the house later on and just doesn’t notice one of them?
Their foot can hit an object, they can step on it and have their ankle twist, and it can cause them to lose their balance and fall down. Any fall for a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s can be potentially devastating.
Kids often like to run around.
For younger, stronger, healthier adults, having small children running around constantly is going to be difficult as it is. However, rarely is a person going to be knocked over, trip over these children, and be injured as a result.
That’s not the case for somebody considered a senior. They could be turning the corner and not hear a young child running down the hall. They could be startled enough to bump into something, have their feet tangled up, and that can cause them to fall. They could also bump into this child, who then falls down, and then trip over him or her.
Kids are also great at distracting people.
The senior is trying to do something, such as make dinner at the house, and their grandchildren or great grandchildren are running around, making noise, laughing, or even getting on each other’s nerves, that can be distracting. If the senior is chopping something up on a cutting board, cutting chicken or meat, or something else with a sharp knife, that distraction can cause them to slip be injured.
It’s great to have young kids visiting their grandparents or great-grandparents, but it’s important to make sure safety is still the top priority for everyone there.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Tampa, 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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