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Four Lessons Learned the ‘Hard Way’ About Safety for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Houston TX

Senior Home SafetyWhat’s better? Learning things and incorporating them into life or ignoring various warning signs and then having to face the consequences? Some of those consequences could be injuries that are difficult to overcome for people of any age, but especially seniors.

When it comes to safety for seniors at home, there are far too many incidences across the country whereas an elderly person had to learn a difficult lesson the hard way, either because they wouldn’t listen to reason or simply weren’t aware of safety issues surrounding them.

Here are four lessons some seniors have learned the hard way about staying safe at home.

Hard Lesson #1: Strength diminishes.

As people get older their strength will decline. As it declines, it makes it more difficult to walk around, get up and down stairs, get out of a favorite recliner, or even get out of bed.

It’s not always easy to acknowledge one’s own limitations, especially for a person who had been taking care of themselves quite well for most of their adult life. However, it’s an incredibly important lesson to learn.

Hard Lesson #2: You can’t do the same things you could when younger.

We might look in the mirror and wonder who this stranger is staring back at us, but most likely as people get older they see very subtle changes and still feel like they could very well be in their 40s or 50s, not their 70s or 80s.

Because seniors are different than they were in their much younger years, there are things they can no longer do (at least in the same way) as they could when they were younger. Trying to do things the same way can increase the risk of injuries and other accidents.

Hard Lesson #3: A minor slip can change everything.

Slipping while stepping into the shower or tub surround or when walking down the stairs can lead to an incredibly dangerous fall. It can actually lead to devastating injuries, and worse.

It’s easy to take things for granted and try to rush up and down the stairs because you feel like you have little time to get everything done, but for a senior to have that mentality, it increases the risk of devastating injuries due to a fall.

Hard Lesson #4: You may never fully recover from avoidable mishaps.

Some seniors are never the same after a broken leg, hip, or other serious injuries. In fact, for seniors 65 and over, the mortality rate within a year after breaking a hip is slightly more than 25 percent (Schnell, Friedman, et al).

It’s better not to put yourself in that type of situation. Sometimes, relying on an experienced home care aide is the best solution.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Spring Branch, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.