How aware are you of your own abilities at the moment? This may seem like an absurd question because everyone should be quite aware of what they can or can’t do. However, as people get older, even though they don’t realize it, their strength, balance, and agility can become compromised.
For seniors in their 70s or 80s, they may feel no different than they did in their 50s and 60s, but there’s no way they would be able to run up and down the stairs, lift heavy objects out of the car, or perform any number of home maintenance repairs like they could in their younger years.
That’s why it’s so important to be aware of one’s abilities.
It may be necessary to take an honest assessment of a situation to determine whether or not an individual is physically capable of still performing a certain task. For example, an elderly person at 80 years of age may still feel quite strong, but would it be safe for him or her to get up on a ladder to clean out the gutters during the spring?
Probably not. Yet, that could be exactly what he plans to do, even against the recommendation and admonishment of family.
How can we make loved ones more aware of these challenges?
One of the best things is to open the lines of communication. Far too often an adult child or even a spouse may try to tell their aging loved one what they see, without actually listening to what they have to say. This 80-year-old individual might be worried about losing his independence. He may not realize there’s a difference between his physical capabilities now and when he was 60.
By listening to the things he may have to say, it can open his family members’ eyes to the reality that is facing him now. This doesn’t mean he has to give up all of these things he wants to do, but the more aware people are of their own limitations, the more honest they are about them, the easier it becomes for them to acknowledge what can no longer be done and when support is needed.
For those individuals who may not have anyone upon which to lean physically, they can hire home care support services. A home care aide can assist with many daily tasks of everyday life, including preparing meals, doing laundry, and even getting out of bed and getting dressed. This can improve safety for those seniors who become aware of their own limitations.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in East 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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