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3 Ways a Simple Cold Can Affect Safety for Seniors at Home

Senior Home Safety in Mt. Laurel, NJ

Senior-Home-SafetyA simple cold might not seem like such a big deal. After all, for most healthy adults, a cold is more of a nuisance than a major problem. It certainly isn’t going to affect one’s safety unless they are taking certain medications and trying to drive.

There’s a reason why most cold medications have warning labels on them about operating heavy machinery or driving after taking the medicine. It can cause drowsiness and poor alertness. It can also lead to poor decision-making skills.

For any senior living at home alone, safety can be affected by a simple cold for many different reasons. Here are three ways that the common cold can have a direct impact on an elderly individual’s safety.

A lack of focus.

When a person has a cold, it can cause them difficulty sleeping at night. It can cause the ice to feel heavy, they feel worn out, drained, low on energy, and even lacking some focus.

If the senior is in the kitchen trying to prepare a meal for himself and isn’t focused on the task at hand, at least not as well as he usually is, he could potentially cut himself, slip on water that spilled on the floor, or even forget something was cooking on the stove.

Feeling weaker.

Very often when people get a cold their body’s immune system is focused on fighting back the bacteria, germs, or virus invading the body. As a result, there is less energy to go around. When that happens, the senior may have less strength and energy.

They will likely feel weaker, but they may not take steps to change the things they are doing to keep themselves safe. In other words, the senior may still try to do things on their own and that can place them at risk of a slip and fall injury, for example.

Poor sleep.

When a person has a cold, especially a ‘head cold,’ they may not sleep well at night. When a senior is not getting the proper level of sleep, it can affect many other aspects of their daily life. It can cause an even greater lack of focus, more fatigue during the day, weaker muscle tone, and even lead to poor decision making skills.

If somebody has not been getting enough sleep, they shouldn’t get behind the wheel. If the senior is planning to drive himself to the store and is fatigued and overrun with a cold, it could put them and anyone else on the road at the time at risk.

It’s important not to underestimate the impact that even a simple, common cold can have on safety for any senior living at home, whether they are alone or not.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.

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Mariela McCarrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.

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