The child playing too close to the road. The teenager driving a little too fast down those back streets. The young adult becoming too interested in extreme sports and other activities. We see it all the time. It’s so easy for most of us to spot unnecessary risks or dangers to others when we completely ignore our own safety concerns at home.
As we get older, that doesn’t really change.
What does change is our physical abilities and strength and stamina. What had once been quite simple to do as a daily task suddenly takes us longer and requires more concentration, focus, and strength. Well, it doesn’t require more strength, it’s just that we have less to use when we move through our 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
When people get older, things are going to change.
There is no getting around that basic fact. Even a person in their early 70s who has exercised regularly and consistently their entire adult life will lose strength over time. They will lose muscle mass. They will lose stamina. Their balance will become compromised. It’s not a question of if, but when.
The key is in recognizing our own limitations.
A person in their 30s or 40s who is pretty strong and in good shape might not think twice about running up and down the stairs, even if their foot catches one of those steps and they lose their balance slightly. Their heart might ratchet up a few hundred notches for a brief time, but apart from actually falling down and cracking their skull or breaking a bone on the steps, they will soon forget the minor mishap that could have been.
At the same time, that same 30 or 40-year-old might see their mother or father in their 70s or 80s trying to walk up and down those same steps and being delicate or ginger in those steps. The younger adult recommends a stair lift, a cane or walker, or some other feature that might benefit their safety at home or when they are out and about.
Just about every risk is technically an unnecessary one.
That doesn’t change the fact that the older people get, even the most basic things we do that are never considered risks become more complicated and potentially dangerous. There are ways to improve safety at home for most seniors, and one of the best is to consider home care support for the times when they may be the most prone to injuries, slips and falls, or other mishaps that result in injuries.
For home care to improve senior home safety in Turnersville, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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