Senior Home Safety in Dover NH
As people get older, their loved ones often become more concerned about them, especially if they are living in a relatively large house all by themselves. For seniors who may have lost a spouse relatively recently, they can certainly feel lonely. They may believe that there is no real benefit to focusing on exercise or taking care of themselves.
As a result, even though they may very well be aware of their balance related issues, they might not admit to their concerns to their adult children or other family members. Communicating concerns and issues is vital to ensure the safety of seniors at home.
For example, falls are a serious issue for seniors because they are the number one cause of accidental death among seniors (National Council on Aging). If a person over the age of 65 breaks her hip as a result of a fall, she has a 25 percent chance of dying within a year (NCOA). That’s why it’s important that seniors verbalize any balance issues with their caregiver(s) so steps can be taken to prevent falls.
Encourage elderly loved ones to communicate clearly and often.
Unless another family member is living with the senior and is witness to a fall, adult children or others simply might not know these issues exist. Many people, especially the elderly, are unaware of their vulnerability and believe they are not at risk of injury. Education is key, and if they are aware of the injuries that may occur with a fall, they may be more inclined to communicate their concerns. This open line of communication may help begin very important conversations about home care support.
If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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