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Anxious About an Aging Loved One’s Safety at Home? You’re Not Alone

Senior Home Safety in Dover NH

It’s easy to feel all alone in various situations. In fact, when you’re facing extreme difficulties, there’s no possible way someone else could have the capacity to understand what you’re going through, right? At the moment, you may be concerned about your 82 year old father living alone. You’re worried about his safety.Senior-Home-Safety-in-Dover-NH

It’s good to be concerned about safety issues.

If you’re not concerned about safety for an elderly individual, you may not fully understand the challenges this population faces every single day. As people get older, starting in their 30s and 40s, they will begin to have more difficulty gaining muscle and maintaining muscle mass.

Once a person reaches their 60s and 70s, they lose more and more muscle every single year, no matter how much they exercise and work out. Eventually, that’s going to lead to balance related challenges and other physical problems they need to overcome.

A person in their 80s may seem confident in their stride and ability to get up and down the stairs, but after a while, toward the end of the day, they will likely be fatigued, low on energy, and that can directly impact their balance.

What can you do when you’re anxious about a loved one’s safety?

The moment you’re aware of various safety issues for seniors within the confines of their own home, that’s a moment you need to consider improvements to the house, additions, or relying on home care support services.

An ‘addition’ to a home is not referring to a completely new room or section of the house. It may refer to installing grab bars in the bath tub or shower surround. It may include a shower seat for the senior can sit down while bathing, running a lower risk of becoming fatigued, especially in their legs.

Adding a stair lift may be necessary in some situations, depending on the senior’s physical capabilities. If the senior relies on a walker or cane to get around, descending steps outside leading to a walkway or the driveway may be complicated, especially if the handrail is a bit loose. A wheelchair ramp might be a better option to consider.

If you’re anxious about an elderly family member and his or her safety at home, you’re right to be concerned. Don’t ignore those concerns. Don’t struggle to fall asleep at night because you’re worried about their safety.

Sit down and talk about potential safety improvements as well as the prospect of hiring an experienced home care aide.

If you or someone you know needs the help of elder care in 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 603-343-4434 for more information.

 

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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