As your loved ones get older, especially your parents or grandparents, you will probably notice the changes in their physical capabilities. Their body will lose muscle mass each and every year, regardless of how much exercise a person gets. When they reach their 70s or 80s, it’s going to be more difficult for them to exercise, but it’s also going to be much more difficult for them to maintain the kind of strength they had in the past.
You may have certain safety issues with your mother.
You may not recognize the signs right away, but the sooner that you do, the better it’s going to be for her. That’s because you will be able to sit down and talk to her about your concerns and hopefully convince her to make some changes.
Here are three signs that may very well indicate your mother is not as safe at home as she would like to be.
Sign #1: She has fallen.
Most of us have tripped and fallen at some point in time. We probably tripped numerous times throughout the year. Fortunately, when we’re younger and stronger and healthier, the risk of injury is significantly reduced.
For a person in their 70s or 80s, the risk of injury from a simple fall increases tremendously. If she has fallen once and escaped injury, she should consider herself extremely lucky. That luck may not hold for long. She needs to make some changes in her life.
Sign #2: She asked for help with some basic things.
She might have difficulty getting up and down the stairs to the basement. Maybe there are items stored down there. Maybe the washer and dryer is down there. If she has asked for help getting something from the basement, you can be quite assured she is having difficulty navigating the steps on her own, and that she’s probably still doing it.
Installing a stair lift may offer her some comfort and allow her to continue doing things with only minimal support.
Sign #3: She isn’t bathing.
If your mother’s hygiene isn’t like it used to be, she may be avoiding taking a shower because she feels uncomfortable or unsafe stepping into and out of the tub. Grab bars can be a great asset in these types of situations.
When you notice any of these signs, sit down and talk to your mother about the importance of safety improvements and not trying to do more that she can physically do safely.
Angel Alliance Caregivers of Galloway, NJ is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (609) 965-0028.