Many of us have aging loved ones who are not able to take care of themselves the way they used to. It can be a constant source of concern, especially if you don’t live near those loved ones to monitor their well-being first hand. With the school year in many Houston-area districts about to start up again, it means families will be busier than ever. It makes it even more difficult to check in on aging parents as often as you’d like.
When you’re talking about immediate risks to senior safety, depending on their specific situation, there can be dozens of safety risks elderly residents face at home. For example, falling is a huge concern. Recent statistics show that one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a fall resulting in injuries.
The National Council on Aging has organized Fall Prevention Day on September 23, 2015 to help bring awareness to this risk. Learn more about safety tips from that organization by visiting their website. You can also download their free resource, falls prevention action plan.
We recently wrote a blog post that also provided information about fall risks and resources for tips about how to fall-proof yours or your loved one’s homes. You can read more about that reading our June blog. Our Assisting Hands Houston in-home caregivers are specifically trained to watch for and help lower fall risks for their clients. They are able to spot and remove or relocate obstacles that could cause their clients to trip, such as misplaced shoes, cords or even decorative items like planter pots or rugs.
They also help seniors in instances that might bring on dizziness or be a high fall risk situation. Some examples include helping seniors climb stairs, get in and out of cars, and help them in and out of the shower.
In addition, many seniors need one or more medication doses daily, and it’s important to take those at the appropriate time and to not mix them with other pills that could cause a harmful reaction. By having an in-home caregiver, there is a checks-and-balances element to help ensure your loved ones take pills from their daily pill box on an appropriate schedule. Improper medication dosage is a key factor in dizziness and fall risks.
Learn more about the benefits of partnering with Assisting Hands Home Care for yours or your loved one’s caregiving by visiting their website for information on senior care in the Greater Houston Area.