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Step into the Shoes of Your Aging Parent and See How Safety Can Affect Them

Senior Home Safety in Wall NJ

When you consider safety, what’s the main factor for your assessment? It’s probably your physical capabilities. However, you know that your mother is having difficulty getting around. She may be calling you more frequently lately to assist her in getting something down from the attic, to get something from the basement, or even to go to the store because she no longer drives.

Senior Home Safety in Wall NJWhen it comes to safety for any senior at home, it’s important to assess the situation and determine if there are any improvements that can be made. It’s also a good idea to sit down and talk about the prospect of hiring a home care aide to help, even if it’s just for two hours a day once a week to start.

If you truly want to understand the challenges your elderly loved one -your mother in this particular situation- is facing on any given day, you need to be able to step into her shoes.

How can we step into another person’s shoes?

Get a better understanding of the challenges she’s facing daily. For example, if she’s having difficulty with her vision, whether she’s developing glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or some other condition, what would that feel like to you? Take some gauze, wrap it around your eyes, around your head a few times, and then try to function.

You can still see, right? However, you can’t see as well as you can without the gauze. You can also accomplish something similar by putting on dark sunglasses in a poorly lit home. Suddenly you begin taking more tentative steps and you’re not quite as certain about yourself with mobility as you were before.

If you have the strength in your legs that makes it easy to walk up and down stairs, get up from the chair, and do other tasks, take a backpack, fill it with books, and strap it on to your back for an entire day. Walk around vacuuming the house, going up and down stairs, and doing these things with this on your back. You may be completely surprised at how tired you feel and how challenging it is to just go up a flight of stairs, get up from a chair, or even step into or out of the shower.

When you’re able to step into another person’s shoes like that, you begin to see things from a different perspective. Hopefully that gives you more insight into how to improve safety for your mother within comfort of her own home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Wall, 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)

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