Slips and falls are the leading source of injury and hospitalization for the elderly who live alone in the home. As the human body ages, once routine and simple tasks become more challenging. Age-related degenerative conditions may result in compromised eyesight, impaired mental faculties, problems with balance and coordination, muscle weakness, fatigue when moving about, joint stiffness, and other disorders that may lead to a dangerous or deadly slip and fall. An injury from an accidental fall could require a lengthy hospitalization, recuperation period, or months of rehabilitation. Many responsible elder care companies are available that can help their clients avoid dangerous situations that could affect their ability to remain independent. Most elderly citizens realize at some point that they could benefit from “a little help” to accomplish their daily tasks. But when is it time to seek out the services of a company that offers home care?
If you are elderly and feeling a bit unsure of yourself, but do not yet want to consider a move to an assisted living facility, ask yourself these few questions to determine whether you could benefit from a company that provides senior care and assistance:
Do you find it difficult to step in and out of the bathtub or shower stall?
Do you sometimes feel unsteady when moving about, or rising from a seated position?
Do you have trouble accessing items stored on a shelf above shoulder level, but fear using a step stool?
Do you find yourself tripping or stumbling around the house?
Is it becoming difficult to climb or descend a flight of stairs?
Do you avoid going outdoors because the ground is uneven and you are afraid you will fall?
A “yes” answer to any of the questions above indicates you may find elder care in your home to be beneficial.
If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly relative or friend, in-home senior care may be an option that you will find beneficial for times when you need a respite from your caregiving responsibilities so you may enjoy time to travel, socialize with friends, enjoy a hobby or an athletic event…or perhaps just to rest! By employing a company that provides quality senior care, you can rest assured knowing that a professionally trained caregiver who has been pre-screened will be looking after your elderly family member or friend.
Incorporating a plan for senior safety in the home is vital to independent living. When you decide to explore the possibility of employing a company that specializes in senior home care, expect the company representative to arrange an initial meeting with you to discuss your concerns and goals. You may want to jot down any questions you have and address them at that time. After your discussion a plan will be formulated for your approval. It should meet your needs and ensure senior safety within the home. Caregivers provide a range of services including, but not limited to, assistance with meal preparation, bathing, personal care, dressing, grocery shopping, pet care, laundry & housekeeping, and transportation to appointments as needed. When you opt to hire the service, a schedule of home visits by a caregiver, or team of caregivers, will be arranged. Your caregivers will provide companionship and assistance according to your specifications. They will be happy to work with you to make adjustments as needed to meet your changing needs. So don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. It is not a first step to losing your independence, rather it is a plan to retain it, and assure your well-being and happiness as you continue to enjoy your home.
Home care counselors at Safe at Home Healthcare are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care, including live-in care. We are an elder care agency providing Home Care in Naperville.