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Incontinence May Increase Safety Risks for Seniors at Home

Senior Home Safety in Brookshire TX

Incontinence risks can increase as people get older. For seniors, the topic may be embarrassing, at least when it first begins happening. It may not be easy to realize, but incontinence can actually pose certain safety issues for seniors at home, whether they live with their spouse, alone, or with someone else.

Senior Home Safety in Brookshire TXMany people would overlook incontinence as being a senior safety issue. However, below are a few ways this could actually increase various risk factors for a person of advancing years.

Embarrassment and not wanting to call for help.

If a person had an accident in bed and their adult daughter, for example, stopped by to help them with something, they may be embarrassed. They may have difficulty getting out of bed at night, so they thought they could wait until morning. Then this happened.

With that kind of embarrassment, why would they even consider calling their family member or even a friend for help the next time they need assistance? Unfortunately, the next time they realize they need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, they may be more inclined to work harder to try to get themselves out of bed.

If it’s not safe for them to do this, especially if their joints feel stiff and sore, they are increasing the risk of falling down and getting hurt in the process.

They may prefer to rely on anyone but a family member.

Hiring a home care aide would be a better option to not just provide comfort and security for the elderly person at home, but it can also help them avoid certain embarrassing situations, at least with regard to family members.

If this senior prefers not to call on a family member to help them get into and out of the bathroom, what are they going to do? As we just mentioned, they may be more prone to attempting things on their own, even though it might put them at significant risk.

As you can see now, incontinence is more than just an issue that needs to be dealt with to help provide comfort; it can be a serious safety hazard if not addressed properly.

Some seniors may be uncomfortable relying on family members to help them with various tasks, including going to the bathroom or bathing. By turning to an experienced and professional home care aide, especially somebody who works for an agency, it may provide the comfort and security they need to stay safe at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Brookshire, TX or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston at (832) 803-0011.

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Mark Haselden

Hayley Sheeks and her father, Mark Haselden live passionately, for providing quality homecare services to individuals in their homes. They both decided to open Synergy HomeCare of Katy after both Mark sold his most recent business and Hayley graduated with her nursing degree, both knowing the growing need for individuals to age in place as the baby boomer population reaches retirement age. Synergy HomeCare’s mission statement speaks to those core values that both inspire and encompass Hayley and Mark’s vision as Non-Medical HomeCare providers.
"Our mission is to continue to be the premier provider of home care services within the industry by continuallystriving to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence attainable.Our success starts bytreating each of our clients and caregivers with the dignity and respect they deserve."

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