Everywhere you turn there are hazards. Most of us don’t think twice about them because we’re strong and healthy enough to avoid serious issues and injuries. For an elderly senior, though, safety can be compromised due to the natural process of aging, a health issue, or some other factor.
If some seniors don’t want to pay attention to their own safety at home, it can be difficult as a family member or friend to stand by and watch them take these unnecessary risks. Sometimes, though, seniors are simply not confronted with the reality of things and, if they were in an open, honest, and compassionate way, they might be more inclined to invest better resources and stay safer on a daily basis.
To do that, here are five questions you might consider asking that elderly person in your life to get them thinking and talking more openly about daily life and the challenges they face throughout.
Question #1: Do you feel safe behind the wheel?
As people get older their reaction time slows down. It’s most likely the primary reason why men and women in their 70s, 80s, and 90s may drive a lot slower than other people out on the roads. This isn’t the case for every senior, but if they don’t feel safe, if they feel as though traffic is moving too fast, it might be time to consider giving up this simple privilege.
Question #2: What are your thoughts when you go up and down the stairs?
The simple act of going up and down stairs can seem easy enough when you’re younger, stronger, and healthier, but for an aging senior standing at the bottom of the stairwell, it might appear to be like Mount Everest. When they’re halfway up, any thought of a fall could be terrifying.
Question #3: Have you slipped in the bathroom lately?
Almost everybody has, but for a senior to slip while stepping into and out of the shower or anywhere else in the bathroom could lead to serious and devastating injuries.
Question #4: How do you turn on the light when going to the bathroom at night?
It’s important to have good visibility throughout the day, but during those nighttime hours if the senior has to get up and use the bathroom, do they have ample lighting to see clearly? If not, do they have a lamp on their nightstand, a remote controlled light to turn on in the room, or some other way to stay safe?
Question #5: Would you feel better with help?
A lot of people simply don’t think much about help or other resources, but a qualified and experienced home care aide could be an invaluable resource for these men and women to remain safe while living life to the fullest at home.