Most people understand that as they get older they will face new challenges. Their physical abilities will diminish. It’s one of the main reasons athletes generally retire in their 30s or, at the latest, their 40s, at least from the highest level of professional competitiveness. Their body doesn’t recover as quickly, their stamina diminishes, and their strength and dexterity also decline.
However, even though people are fully aware that these changes will occur, they often don’t think about the prospect of having to rely on somebody else, even for a brief amount of time, to recover from a medical emergency, surgery, injuries, or for longer-term care due to a decline in their health and physical ability.
When people reach that point in life when support is necessary, they may turn to family and friends.
It might be a spouse, best friend, or even a neighbor. It could be an adult child who lives in the area, and no matter who it is, it’s usually a person with whom they may have a close relationship. That seems most reasonable because the personal connection that senior has with this individual would appear to make this situation more comfortable for everyone involved.
In reality, experienced care is far more important.
When somebody needs assistance at home, either to recover or because their physical capabilities have declined so much that they can’t get up and down stairs, get out of bed easily, or even get into and out of the shower on their own safely, experience is far more important than a personal relationship.
A family member or friend who has not done this type of work before may not understand the best ways to support this individual. For example, the senior might need help getting out of bed. Their adult child, in her 40s or 50s, may stop by to assist. She may place her feet several feet from the bed, lean over, and offer that physical support.
Not only is this going to place incredible stress on the daughter’s lower back, ultimately leading to injuries, it also places the senior at an increased risk of falling. Any fall for a person in their 60s, 70s, 80s, or older is going to lead to an increased risk of serious injuries.
An experienced caregiver would understand that they should place themselves, their footing, right next to the bed, bend at the knees, keep their back straight, and understand their own limitations. Experienced home care aides are the best, safest asset for any senior who needs support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Howell, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.