Senior Home Safety in Dover NH
Your grandfather has been dealing with some health issues as of late. He’s not as strong as he once was, it takes him much longer to get up and down the stairs, and he probably calls on you or other family members or friends to help him with certain things around the house.
You might go over there after school to help him take out the garbage, get something from the basement, or even to get his laundry up from the basement. You’re worried about his safety and since you’re the closest family member to him, geographically speaking, that is, it seems like the rest of your family has looked to you to ensure his safety.
You go to school, maybe you even work, study, and want to spend time with your friends. You’ll want to spend every free moment you have running back and forth to his house to help him out. You love him and enjoy spending time with him, but you have your own life.
What many family caregivers fail to realize when they take on this job is the impact safety issues can have on seniors. Maybe you don’t notice some of the hazards that exist all around him. Maybe you’ve brought up the topic and he says he’s fine.
It’s frustrating when you find yourself lying awake at night wondering if he’s okay, if he fell and simply can’t reach the phone, or what you should do now. You’re acutely aware of his balance issues, loss of strength, and inability to do many things he used to do with ease.
There are a couple of things you can do that will immediately help your elderly loved one stay safer at home. August 22nd through the 25th is National Safe at Home Week, so consider these things.
1. Talk to him about hiring home care support.
An experienced home care aide, somebody who works for an agency, is a great way to keep a senior safe. The more experience a caregiver has, the easier it’s going to be for them to spot safety issues and also provide the physical support they need.
2. Encourage him to wait until he has support to do some things.
Changing a lightbulb, checking the smoke detectors, or even carrying something up from the basement can all pose hazards to somebody with limited strength. Encourage your grandfather to wait until somebody else can help with those potentially hazardous tasks.
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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