Often, when talking about safety for seniors, the home is the primary focal point. However, safety issues can surround a person no matter where they go. In fact, safety challenges can follow seniors as they head out to go to the store, to visit with family and friends, and even to a doctor’s appointment.
It is not just at home that people need to be focused on.
The moment an elderly individual steps outside their house they’re going to be facing an array of potential safety issues. This can include debris that collects on a walkway, a crack in the pavement, a concrete slab that gets pushed up by the roots of a tree as it grows, and much more. When the weather is difficult, such as rain, cold air, and more, these safety issues continue to abound.
It’s important for people to think about potential safety hazards no matter where the senior is going to go for the day. If it’s raining out and the driveway was recently sealed, it’s more important to have proper support to keep them from slipping and falling because that paved surface will be much slicker than before it was sealed.
It all depends other physical capabilities.
As people get older they will deal with more physical challenges and physical limitations. When a person is more acutely aware of their capabilities and their strength, they will be more concerned about their safety.
If a person is not admitting to their own limitations, they may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk of slip and fall accident and other incidences that can cause serious injury.
They need to be aware of all of their surroundings.
If the senior is shopping at the supermarket, they need to be observant of the conditions. Does the floor look wet? Is there a can that dropped onto the ground and nobody has picked it up yet? The senior needs to be acutely aware of every part of their surroundings.
If they have to use a public restroom, does the grab bar look as though it has been tampered with, is it broken, is it loose? Do they feel like they can safely use the facility without too much trouble?
It’s highly recommended to lean on physical support.
A home care aide can provide the physical support an elderly client needs, whether they are at home, need to go out to the store, or wish to go for a walk. This is the best way to keep aging individuals safer at home and when they go out for the day.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in River Oaks, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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