Many of us have heard that finding balance in life is important. But what about finding balance between safety and activity? As young children we often throw caution to the wind and climb trees without a second thought, run out into traffic without realizing the risk, and more. As we get older we begin to become more acutely aware of the risks surrounding us almost every day. For seniors, safety is essential, but how does an elderly person find balance between staying active and being safe?
First, they must understand their physical challenges.
The physical challenges a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s faces is going to be a lot different than somebody in the 30s, 40s, or 50s. Somebody in their younger adult years, even in the 50s, will still possess a considerable percentage of their main muscle mass. A person in their 90s, on the other hand, is going to have significantly diminished strength.
If a person is unable or unwilling to admit to their diminished physical capacities, it’s going to increase the safety risks they face on a regular basis. So, when they’re pursuing certain activities they increase the risk of being injured in some mishap because they overestimate their physical capabilities.
Health risks also play a role.
If a person is at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or some other medical emergency and they’re throwing caution to the wind and taking part in a range of activities that can also increase the heart attack, stroke, or other medical emergency, then their safety is significantly diminished.
What happens if somebody is running up and down the stairs and suddenly has a heart attack? Yes, they may gradually be able to lower themselves to a safe position, but some can fall and that can exacerbate the situation tremendously.
Simple modifications can make a world of difference.
Around the house there may be various risk factors with regard to safety for seniors. Simple renovations, including installing grab bars around the tub or shower surround and maybe even considering a shower seat can be a great way to help the senior stay safer when bathing.
Installing a stair lift can also be a great idea. The elderly person doesn’t necessarily have to use the stair lift when they don’t want to, but in the event they don’t feel as strong or confident in their balance, they can simply use this safety alternative.
Finding balance between safety and activity all starts by acknowledging one’s own physical limitations.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Tempe, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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