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4 Lessons Some Seniors Learn Too Late About Their Safety

Senior Home Safety Oakland TN

What is it about us humans that makes it so that we have to learn lessons the hard way? How many times have you experienced that situation yourself? You might have known a little bit about certain things, and perhaps your parents, friends, or even your spouse tried to warn you about something, but you simply wouldn’t listen.

Senior Home Safety Oakland TN

Senior Home Safety Oakland TN

For seniors, sometimes it has to do with their safety.

Even though they are fully aware they’re getting older, they may have a difficult time accepting the changes in their body. They may have a tough time realizing they are not as strong as they used to be.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

If you ask that question of most people, they will admit they don’t see a such and such aged person; they see somebody who is 10, 15, maybe even 20 years younger. Or at least, that’s how they feel.

How we feel does not give the whole story. That’s why some seniors are not as safe at home as they should be. Here are four lessons some seniors actually have to learn a little bit too late about their safety before they do something to improve their life at home.

Lesson #1: They can’t do what they did when they were younger.

This is the toughest lesson for many people to realize. As you get older, you will lose muscle. You will lose strength. You will lose the physical capability you might have had in your younger years.

There’s nothing you can do to prevent that, but through exercise, proper diet, and staying active, you may be able to slow it down a little bit.

Lesson #2: A small fall can be devastating.

The reality is this: the mortality rate of seniors 65 and over who break a hip is 27 percent within a year (US National Library of Medicine). That’s staggering when you think about it.

That means one-in-four seniors over 65 who break their hip will not survive another year. A small fall, even something that doesn’t feel like it can be very much at all, could have life altering consequences.

Lesson #3: Recovery could take months.

The older you are, the longer recovery will take from injuries, major surgery, or health issues. If a simple recovery from a sprained ankle could take months, wouldn’t it stand to reason you want to be a little more careful when taking on certain tasks around the house?

Lesson #4: Home care helps.

Many seniors refuse to consider home care options because they assume they don’t need it. What they often almost invariably realize far too late is the benefits it can offer.

There’s no need to learn these lessons the hard way. Any senior should acknowledge their own safety issues and challenges and realize the benefits a home care aide can offer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering professional home care services in Oakland TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.

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Walter L. Black, MBA, CSA

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA.Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues.

Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.

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