If a person doesn’t hear well, what kind of impact can that have on every other aspect of their life? That all depends on the person, their physical strength, age, and other factors. When a senior’s safety is compromised, it could be due to any number of factors, including potential hearing loss.
May is National Better Hearing Month and for those who are concerned about safety and well-being of an elderly family member or other loved one, realize that vision related problems and hearing loss can all impact safety in a negative way.
They might not hear instructions.
Whether a senior is relying on a home care aide, has recently visited with his or her doctor, or is getting advice from friends, neighbors, or family members, if they don’t hear what is being told to them, things they might need to do or avoid, that can be a serious problem.
For example, what’s going to happen if somebody doesn’t hear their doctor talking about a particular prescription medication they need to take? What if they take that potentially harmful medication at the wrong time or simply too much of it?
It’s important that they can hear instructions, so it’s a good idea when somebody’s dealing with hearing loss, even if they use a hearing aid, to have them repeat back certain instructions, especially the most important ones for their safety and well-being.
They might not hear people at the door.
What if somebody comes to the door to do a welfare check? What if somebody is trying to break into the house? If a person cannot hear as well as they used to, they may not be able to answer or respond to these potential situations at the right time. That can be a major problem and could cause serious harm.
They may not call for help when needed.
Most people realize something is going on with their hearing or vision when it begins to decline. If an elderly person is dealing with hearing loss and suddenly needs help, will they call emergency services, a neighbor, a friend, or a family member?
They might not if they are well aware of their limitations and worry about what might happen if they can’t hear the other person on the other end of the line.
It’s important to be aware of safety risks for those who may have trouble with their hearing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in West Windsor, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.
With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.
Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.
We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.
We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.
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