Having concerns about an elderly loved one’s safety is important. When we begin noticing that a person in our family is getting older, is beginning to have difficulty with their mobility, and call on us or others for help with various things around the house, we may not think very much about it. In reality, though, when people have difficulty with their own mobility, or doing certain tasks, and other things, their safety can be compromised.
To improve safety for any senior, it may be tempting to have them move in.
Maybe your mother is the one having difficulty right now. You’ve been concerned about her for some time and while you’ve contemplated a wide range of options, you have been working on trying to convince her to move in with you.
Is this the best thing?
It may sound and feel like the best thing, but it might not be all that wonderful, at least with regard to safety concerns. Your mother may have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. She may be slow and unsteady on her feet. Perhaps she’s never asked you for help getting into and out of the shower because she is embarrassed to even consider asking her adult child to assist with this.
While you may be okay with the situation, she might not be.
What is different in your house compared to hers? This is an important question to ask. Is there really any safety benefit for her moving in with you other than your ability to provide support when she may need it?
What happens if she has difficulty getting into and out of the shower?
Is she really going to call on you for assistance? If she hadn’t been doing that before, it’s not likely she’s going to do it now.
What’s the better alternative?
The best thing is to consider home care services. A home care aide, somebody who works for an agency, would be an invaluable asset for your mother, whether she remains in her own house or moves in with you. Just because an elderly person moves in with younger, healthier, stronger family members doesn’t mean safety is improving.
If your mother has the support of an experienced and professional caregiver, she may be more inclined to ask for assistance getting dressed, bathing, toileting, and other intimate matters. The other aspects, such as preparing meals, doing laundry, and keeping up with the house, may certainly be covered by you and your family, but safety may very well still be compromised.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Ewing, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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