Your mother, who may be in her 70s or 80s, recently suffered a serious fall. She was rushed to the hospital and you met her there. After waiting a couple of hours you were relieved to find out that she had escaped major injuries. She didn’t suffer any significant broken bones, but a few lacerations. It was a relief, and while you may be grateful she wasn’t seriously hurt in this fall, what’s the next step?
For the safety and well-being of elderly loved ones, we may often have to have a conversation we’d rather skip. You may be concerned about how your mother will respond to you talking about home care options, home improvements, or even the possibility that she has to move from that big house in which she lives all by herself.
This is a conversation to have right now.
Even before an aging loved one has fallen, whether they’re injured or not, it’s time to talk about safety. As people get older, it doesn’t matter how active they are, how strong they seem to be, or how much they exercise; they will begin to lose strength each and every year. That loss of strength is going to affect their balance, their ability to do even the most basic tasks, and to stay safe within their own home environment.
When you sit down with your mother to have this conversation, be prepared. Some people have a tendency to view topics like this, conversations or discussions, as an attack on their independence and autonomy. You need to make sure she understands this has nothing to do with that, but her safety.
Let her know the observations you have made that cause you concern. This recent fall may be just one of many situations that cause you concern.
You can certainly discuss the prospect of hiring home care support, even for just a couple of hours here and there throughout the week, but you can also talk about the possibility of installing grab bars, a stair lift, improving lighting, making sure walkways are free and clear of clutter, and much more.
When your mother realizes you’re not trying to encourage her to leave her home, the defensive posture will likely abate. When it does, you will be able to have a more open and honest conversation about the safety concerns you have right now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Coral Springs, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.