As a relatively young, healthy adult, how often do you think about your own safety? Most of us take it for granted. We get up, we hop into the shower, we rush to work, and we perform a number of other tasks without a second thought. When something happens, like an accident, everything can change.
The older a person is, the more devastating injuries can become. If we become injured, we suddenly realize how much we took for granted. When an elderly person is injured, it can be absolutely devastating. In fact, the mortality rate for seniors 65 and over to break their hip declines significantly every year. By the time they reach 80 years of age, the mortality rate from a broken hip is one in four.
Being safe is something to celebrate.
As people get older risks increase. When we start to celebrate safety, make milestones, and talk about potential home improvements or other things that can be done to reduce the risk of a slip and fall, tripping hazard, or other injuries that are avoidable, it brings our attention to the challenges we often overlook on a daily basis.
There’s a reason why some companies keep track of their safety record. They want their employees to be paying attention to every little detail. After all, no employee wants to be the one to break an incredible streak.
When we celebrate safety with an elderly family member, it not only keeps them thinking about the potential risks that surround them every single day, but also gets us thinking about these things in a different manner.
It improves family support.
An elderly family member might have a lot of loved ones living within close proximity to them, but how often do they visit? When you begin celebrating safety and talking about potential risks that exist all around, including in the kitchen, bathroom, while they are out driving, and more, it may inspire their grandchildren, children, siblings, friends, and even their neighbors to stop over and check in on them more frequently.
The more visits they get and the more often people talk about potential risks, it may seem frustrating at first, but it is simply a great reminder.
Another way to celebrate safety for seniors is to encourage them to consider home care support. A home care aide only has to work with the senior once or twice a week for two hours at a time and that can provide them an incredible benefit with regard to safety.