Most of us are quite familiar with the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat.” While curiosity may be a potentially dangerous thing for felines, it’s actually a wonderful thing for people of all ages, as long as they are safe when they pursue certain new interests. For an elderly person, being curious and wanting to try new things, explore new adventures, or even travel can certainly be a wonderful thing, but what if their safety is compromised due to diminished strength, health issues, or other factors?
That’s where it becomes essential for them to focus on their safety first before anything else. There are plenty of things people can do to remain safe, whether it’s in the comfort of their own home, while out driving around town, or even when traveling.
Consider one’s physical capabilities.
In order to be safe during any new venture, that individual, in their 20s, 50s, 90s, or anything in between, needs to be acutely aware of their physical capabilities. As people age they will have diminishing strength, balance, and agility. It will become more and more difficult for them to perform some of the most basic tasks they used to take for granted.
If that person is not willing to accept their new reality in life and their limitations, they could put themselves in a compromising situation. For example, imagine somebody who recently had a major medical emergency and is planning to go to a park to walk on their own. What if this individual has difficulty simply getting out of bed.
They might be able to make it to the car, call a cab, or somehow get to the park, and they may rely on a cane or walker to get around, but not all paved surfaces will always be level. What if that individual can’t balance themselves when there’s a dip or some debris in which they get tangled up?
Safety is suddenly being thrown out of the window.
So, what’s the solution?
The best way for anyone to remain safe, no matter their age, is to not just be aware of their surroundings and physical capabilities, but to lean on help when it’s needed. Assistance can come in many forms, but for seniors who want to keep safety as their top priority, nothing is better than relying on home care services. Even for just a couple of hours a day once or twice a week, seniors can dramatically improve their safety at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Katy, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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