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4 Common Safety Concerns Adult Children Have about Their Aging Parents

Senior Home Safety in Robbinsville, NJ

Senior-Home-SafetyAre you worried about your mother or father? If they’re in their 70s, 80s, or even older, you very well might be concerned about their safety. When it comes to seniors, many family members eventually develop some type of concern about their safety, especially if they live home alone.

There are many different safety concerns adult children have about their aging parents. Here are four of the most common ones to consider.

Safety Concern #1: Falling.

This is arguably the most significant fear that adult children have about their aging loved ones. Seniors are at an increased risk of slipping and falling and becoming severely injured as a result. This is the direct result of the natural process of aging.

As people get older, they begin to lose more and more muscle mass each passing year. Even if they are exercising on a regular basis, their body simply doesn’t have the ability to maintain the muscle they once did. Once they reach a certain point, that loss of muscle mass can lead to challenges containing balance and that increases the risk of falling.

Safety Concern #2: Driving.

Many people worry about their elderly loved ones when they’re out driving on the roads. They’ve heard plenty of news stories about seniors getting into accidents because they confuse the accelerator with the break, had poor decision-making skills, or couldn’t react fast enough.

Safety Concern #3: Fire hazards.

It’s almost a cliché about how an elderly individual may put soup on the stove, walk into the other room to get something, forget they were cooking it, and suddenly it leads to a serious fire.

Fire hazards are certainly a concern, especially during the winter as people try to stay warm with unconventional and unsafe methods, including using a kerosene heater indoors, placing a chair close to a heating vent, and more.

Safety Concern #4: Not being able to see clearly.

Vision problems can develop as people get older. Glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts are all common risk factors for seniors. When a senior can’t see as clearly as they used to, in poor lighting they can be at an increased risk of tripping over something they can’t see, stepping off an edge, and becoming seriously injured as a result.

What can be done to address these safety concerns?

The best thing anyone can do is talk to their aging loved one about relying on an experienced and professional home care aide. These caregivers can support the senior and keep them as safe as possible within the comfort of their own home.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care in Robbinsville, NJ and the surrounding areas, call the caring staff at Comfort Keepers in Robbinsville NJ at (609) 890-2888.

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Stephanie Howe

Owner at Comfort Keepers of Robbinsville, Monroe Township, Warren, and Toms River in New Jersey
Rich and Stephanie Howe are the owners of 4 Comfort Keepers franchises in central NJ and 1 in Easton, MD. They opened their first office in Hamilton, NJ in 2005 after Stephanie’s personal and professional background in nursing led her down the path of helping people stay in the comfort of their homes. Her father was afflicted with a severe form of Multiple Sclerosis and was put in a long term care facility when he was just 44 years old, after her family realized there were few options for keeping him home. When she was diagnosed herself with the disease in 1998, she knew she didn’t want her family, or anyone else to ever find themselves in a similar situation. Prior to owning Comfort Keepers, the Howe’s owned a construction business, but have found this type of work meets their need to serve others. The Howes are committed to assisting not just the elderly, but anyone needing non medical services in order to continue living safely at home. The Howes reside primarily in Robbinsville, NJ with their 6 children and 2 Golden Retrievers, Henry and Deja, but also have a residence in Easton, MD.

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