As your father has gotten older you’ve worried about his safety. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to take it that seriously, not nearly as much as you do. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to figure out whether a parent or other family member is taking their health and well-being seriously enough.
When it comes to safety for any senior at home or when they go out, here are three potential signs they just might not be so concerned as you.
Warning Sign #1: He ignores all concerned.
You’ve expressed concerns to him a number of times about safety. He doesn’t seem to listen, though. He doesn’t heed your warnings, doesn’t seem to understand why you’re so concerned, and even when you point out specific examples regarding these issues, he dismisses them out right.
He simply doesn’t want to hear about it. There could be plenty of reasons for that, but this is a clear sign he is not taking this as seriously as he should.
Warning Sign #2: He keeps doing things like he did when he was younger.
Far too often, as people age, their physical capabilities diminish, but that doesn’t mean they stop trying to do things that were easy just five or 10 years ago. Your father may still be attempting a wide range of things for one reason or another.
If he’s still trying to take care of the lawn, clean the gutters out, get up and down out of the attic, especially on hot days, he may not really understand how things have changed physically.
Warning Sign #3: He’s fallen, but shrugs it off.
He’s gotten lucky. He hasn’t been injured seriously, but that could change before long. You just wish he would pay closer attention to things and take care of himself better.
It’s not always easy to stand by and watch a parent getting older who doesn’t seem to take their own safety seriously, but all we can really do is be there for emotional support, physical assistance if they need it every once in a while, and to let them know there is an option to help them remain safe at home, which is home care support services.
Safety should never take a backseat for anyone, but when an elderly person dismisses these issues, patience and support is about all their family can do, at least for a while.
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.
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