If there’s one guarantee in life, besides death and taxes, it’s the fact that change happens. Everything changes over time. When people reach their 60s and 70s, they notice these changes in a physical sense very acutely. Suddenly the simplest things they took for granted in their 30s or 40s are much more difficult to do. That doesn’t mean they have to give up on everything, but they need to accept this new reality.
How can people adapt?
First, it’s important to focus on safety. Safety is absolutely essential for people of all ages, but as seniors get older, they will have a more difficult time doing certain things around the house, walking up and down stairs, getting into and out of the shower, and even getting items down from a closet, the kitchen cabinets, the attic, and more.
They need to be realistic about these various changes occurring with their physical capabilities. If they can’t be realistic, they are not going to adapt properly to these changes.
They may need to make modifications at home, too.
Certain home improvement projects can boost safety for people of all ages, especially seniors. One project that an elderly person might want to consider is installing grab bars.
Grab bars can be installed in the tub or shower and they are intended to hold the weight of a full grown adult. When people are stepping into and out of the shower, they can grab onto these bars for balance. The tub or shower can be slick and if the senior slips and they don’t have anything to hold on to other than a towel bar, they will probably fall and that can lead to serious injuries.
They might want to consider stair lifts, too.
Installing a stair lift doesn’t mean the senior has to use it every single day. These stair lifts can be secured out-of-the-way so the elderly person can still walk up and down the steps on their own, if they want to. If they feel unsteady, weak, or that it would simply be better to rely on that lift, they can use it.
These are some simple home improvement modifications that help seniors learn to adapt to this change in their physical capabilities. Anyone not willing to adapt is simply asking for something bad to happen. No one should want that for themselves or an elderly family member, friend, or other loved one.
If you or someone you know needs home care to improve senior home safety 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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