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How to Help an Elderly Loved One Be More Aware of Her Safety at Home

Senior Home Safety in Lakewood NJ

Senior Home SafetyThis  is International Self-Awareness Month and when your mother is not adapting her routine or the things she does as she gets older, she may not be aware of her physical capabilities. Most likely she does not have the same physical capability she did just a few years ago.

In might take her longer to get out of bed, get into and out of the shower, or walk down the hall. She may very well be able to do those things without assistance, but she’s slowing down.

Why she needs to be more aware of herself.

When you’re out doing something fun, something you enjoyed doing for many years, do you feel your age? Most people would readily admit they feel younger when they’re having fun, spending time with friends, and doing things that are thrilling. Then, when you go home, take a shower, and look in the mirror, are you surprised at your appearance?

We are often caught off-guard by our appearance because we still feel much younger than we actually are. The same holds true for seniors. Just because your mother may be in her late 70s or early 80s doesn’t mean she feels it all the time. She may actually feel much younger. That can lead to lower self-awareness and increased risk of getting into a potentially dangerous situation.

So how can you help your mother become more self-aware?

The best way is to sit down and ask some simple questions. Ask how she’s feeling lately. Ask about the things she enjoys doing. Ask about any issues she’s been having getting around the house.

She might tell you a few generalized answers and offer up little more. That’s okay. It might take several attempts to get your mother to open up on a deeper emotional level with you. She could be guarded, expecting you to tell her she needs to consider other living arrangements, whether that means assisted living, moving in with you, or some other senior living environment or community.

She wants to remain home and you know that. However, in order to remain home and be safe, she has to be practical with regard to her physical capabilities. She has to be more aware of herself, her surroundings, and safety.

This month, you can help improve safety for that elderly loved one by helping her become more aware of her physical capabilities, health, strength, and surroundings.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)