Slips and falls are the leading source of injury and hospitalizationÂ for the elderly who live alone in the home. As the human body ages, onceÂ routine and simple tasks become more challenging. Age-relatedÂ degenerative conditions may result in compromised eyesight, impairedÂ mental faculties, problems with balance and coordination, muscleÂ weakness, fatigue when moving about, joint stiffness, and otherÂ disorders that may lead to a dangerous or deadly slip and fall. AnÂ injury from an accidental fall could require a lengthy hospitalization,Â recuperation period, or months of rehabilitation. Many responsible elderÂ care companies are available that can help their clients avoidÂ dangerous situations that could affect their ability to remainÂ independent. Most elderly citizens realize at some point that they couldÂ benefit from “a little help” to accomplish their daily tasks. But whenÂ is it time to seek out the services of a company that offers home care?
If you are elderly and feeling a bit unsure of yourself, but do notÂ yet want to consider a move to an assisted living facility, ask yourselfÂ these few questions to determine whether you could benefit from aÂ company that provides senior care and assistance:
Do you find it difficult to step in and out of the bathtub or shower stall?
Do you sometimes feel unsteady when moving about, or rising from a seated position?
Do you have trouble accessing items stored on a shelf above shoulder level, but fear using a step stool?
Do you find yourself tripping or stumbling around the house?
Is it becoming difficult to climb or descend a flight of stairs?
Do you avoid going outdoors because the ground is uneven and you are afraid you will fall?
A “yes” answer to any of the questions above indicates you may find elder care in your home to be beneficial.
If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly relative or friend,Â in-home senior care may be an option that you will find beneficial forÂ times when you need a respite from your caregiving responsibilities soÂ you may enjoy time to travel, socialize with friends, enjoy a hobby orÂ an athletic event…or perhaps just to rest! By employing a company thatÂ provides quality senior care, you can rest assured knowing that aÂ professionally trained caregiver who has been pre-screened will beÂ looking after your elderly family member or friend.
Incorporating a plan for senior safety in the home is vital toÂ independent living. When you decide to explore the possibility ofÂ employing a company that specializes in senior home care, expect theÂ company representative to arrange an initial meeting with you to discussÂ your concerns and goals. You may want to jot down any questions youÂ have and address them at that time. After your discussion a plan will beÂ formulated for your approval. It should meet your needs and ensureÂ senior safety within the home. Caregivers provide a range of servicesÂ including, but not limited to, assistance with meal preparation,Â bathing, personal care, dressing, grocery shopping, pet care, laundryÂ & housekeeping, and transportation to appointments as needed. WhenÂ you opt to hire the service, a schedule of home visits by a caregiver,Â or team of caregivers, will be arranged. Your caregivers will provideÂ companionship and assistance according to your specifications. They willÂ be happy to work with you to make adjustments as needed to meet yourÂ changing needs. So don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. It is not aÂ first step to losing your independence, rather it is a plan to retainÂ it, and assure your well-being and happiness as you continue to enjoyÂ your home.
Home care counselors at Partners in Healthcare are available to talk with you about yourin-home care needs including how to reduceÂ caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are anÂ elder care agency providingÂ Home Care in Orlando.