Elderly Care at Home Can Help With Safety Issues at Home
We think of our home as a safe haven, a place where nothing can hurt us- unfortunately, this is not the reality for a large number of older Americans. It can be difficult to manage senior safety in your home, especially if your loved one suffers from a chronic illness or a memory-related illness like Alzheimer’s. In these instances, elder care at home can become a matter that requires professional levels of supervision. Our care team at Comfort Keepers of Gainesville, GA spoke to some of the experts in Clermont, GA on senior safety. The top three causes of injury for older adults in the home include:
- Falls. Falling is by far the most common cause of injury among older adults living in their home. In 2014 alone, over 29 million Americans injured themselves by slipping and falling. The most common places for slips and falls are the bathroom and the kitchen due to the high probability for water or oil to coat the floor, causing an unsafe environment. Professional elder care at home can help to prevent falls, and can take immediate medical action should your loved one fall.
- Failure to take medication. If your loved one regularly takes medication, it can be difficult to remember the dosages and times which they must take it. Many older Americans forget to take their medications, some of which are crucial to maintaining their own health. A professional in elder care at home can help your loved one continue living their most healthy and fulfilling life by ensuring that they are taking their proper medication at the correct times.
- Stairs. Separate from falling, stairs can prove a very challenging obstacle that residents at home face. Some residents may have a fear of stairs due to a fall or slip in the past, and may even avoid using their stairs. This can essentially leave them feeling trapped in their own home, because they are basically isolated to the bottom floor of their living space out of fear. Some home care providers have even found instances of older Americans choosing to sleep on their couches instead of in their beds because of a bad incident with their steps; this can lead to back pain and sleep disorders. Home care providers can help your loved one by assisting them in getting up and down the stairs, opening up a whole new world to them that they may have been avoiding.
Comfort Keepers of Gainesville provides care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in Georgia:
Alto, Baldwin, Braselton, Chestnut Mountain, Clarkesville, Clayton, Clermont, Cleveland and Helen, Commerce, Cornelia, Dacula, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Demorest, Gainesville, Habersham County, Homer, Hoschton, Lakemont, Lula, Maysville, Mount Airy, Mountain City, Murrayville, Oakwood, Rabun County, Sautee-Nacoochee, Tallulah Falls, Toccoa, Toccoa Falls, Turnerville