Accidents happen every day. Though no one anticipates being injured or disabled in an accident, either an automobile accident, slipping and falling, or something else, it does happen. As people get older, their physical agility, strength, balance, and abilities can diminish with age.
In fact, when a person reaches their mid 30s, usually, it starts to become more difficult for them to not just gain muscle, but also to maintain it at the same level they had in their younger years. What a person reaches 70 and then moves through to their 80s, every year it may become more difficult for them to do some of the things they took for granted in their younger years.
When safety is compromised, it’s important to address that as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, not many people are open and honest about their physical capabilities as they age. They still feel the same as they were 10 or 20 years ago, and that often leads them to take too many things for granted.
Then, the unthinkable does happen.
When an elderly person slips and falls and is injured because they were trying to do too much or didn’t acknowledge their own physical limitations honestly, it can lead to a long recovery process. It can lead to months and months or even years of physical therapy, exercise, and struggling to regain strength and mobility. For some seniors, it may not be possible to fully recover ever again.
In some cases, if an elderly person suffers a broken hip, they will have a much higher mortality rate within a year as they approach 80 years of age (Schnell et al.).
How can people pick up the pieces?
One of the best things anyone can do is try to be proactive and get ahead of these potential injuries. But, for those seniors who have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident or some other mishap that could have been avoided, they should be encouraged to focus on their future.
Focus on goals or activities they would like to do in a few months or within a year. Have them track their progress with a journal.
During these difficult weeks and months when it seems as though every effort is wasted, that they are not getting stronger or getting closer to their goals, they can look back through that journal and see progress written down as it happened.
Sometimes all we can do is keep moving forward and only look back for reassurance that we’ve actually gotten anywhere.
If you are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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