Retrofitting a home to make it safer for an aging individual may sound like a lot of work, and it very well could be, depending on what needs to be done, but it can also sound like it would make the home less comfortable. The priority of elder care is to ensure that the senior is safe and healthy within his or her home.
It’s a good idea to view safety through the lens of someone who isn’t as strong as they used to be, who might not have the same level of balance, or who might not see as well as they once did. While the bed may need to be changed, such as installing a mattress that is shorter than the previous one, firmer or softer coils, or other aspects, that doesn’t mean the senior has to be uncomfortable in his or her home.
Some people install cameras in their loved one’s home to keep track of them and make sure that they haven’t fallen or are not having trouble doing something. This can certainly make a person feel awkward and uncomfortable. What would your reaction be if your adult children were watching you from time to time, keeping tabs on you? You might actually try to avoid being in the range of the cameras, relegating yourself to a place in the house that was free of them, but not as comfortable.
The same holds true if you decide that it might be best to get a motorized recliner for them. This would be the kind that lifts up and helps the individual to their feet by raising the seat slowly. Some of these recliners are going to be quite comfortable, but others are going to sacrifice comfort for the motorized feature. It’s not necessary to make the elderly individual uncomfortable just to ensure they are a bit safer.
Focus on other aspects, such as checking the smoke detectors, removing mini-steps in doorways (thresholds and other potential tripping hazards), and check the kitchen and bathroom for safety. Elder care safety concerns are important, but it doesn’t mean that the senior needs to be uncomfortable just to be safe.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at (203) 304-7303.