Are you concerned about the safety of your mother or father? Most people, as their parents or other family members get older, and they begin to see them slowing down, having more difficulty getting up from a chair, or calling for assistance with laundry, changing a lightbulb, checking the smoke detectors, cleaning the lawn, and more, begin to realize that issues are starting to come to the surface.
We worry about the safety of our family.
We worry about our children. We warn them not to play near the road. We give them advice as they get older and are about to start learning how to drive a car. We give them counsel when they’re going to head off to college or move out on what they need to do to stay safe. Sure, they may tell us they know everything, dismiss our concerns, and so on, but eventually they will face a situation that could be an emergency. Suddenly the advice we thought they weren’t paying attention to can help them in a difficult circumstance.
The same thing could be said of aging parents and other family members.
They don’t want to hear it. They don’t want to admit their physical strength is declining. They don’t want to hear about the challenges they will face. They don’t even want us talking about our observations, especially as it pertains to their own ability to take care of themselves.
However, they will acknowledge, eventually, their own safety issues. Suddenly, one afternoon, when they’re struggling, losing their balance, or have fallen and somehow escaped injury, they will be thinking about what we talked about.
That’s why it’s important to discuss your safety concerns with them as soon as possible.
This doesn’t mean they will accept it. This doesn’t mean they will agree with you. It doesn’t mean they’re going to be more than willing to install grab bars, a wheelchair ramp, a stair lift, or change their current patterns or behaviors, but when they know you have observed challenges in their life, changes in their physical ability, it might give them some peace of mind if they reach a point when they are no longer comfortable doing certain things.
When it comes to safety, the right time is always immediately to begin talking about concerns and even offering tips and suggestions that could improve safety for seniors as they get older, which could include having a conversation about home care support.
Interim HealthCare is a nationwide company that is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us today to find a location near you. 800-944-8888
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