Four Ways to Make Sure Your Senior’s Home Encourages Mobility


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Four Ways to Make Sure Your Senior’s Home Encourages Mobility

Your senior’s home might not be set up as well for mobility concerns as you or she would like. And if her home is not encouraging her to stay mobile, your senior might gradually lose the little bit of mobility that she does have left.

She’s Got Space in Rooms to Move Around

Within rooms and open spaces your senior needs to have the room to move around safely and easily. That means that if a room is packed too full, either with furniture or clutter, it might need to go elsewhere. This isn’t something that your senior might agree to readily, though. It’s difficult to make changes, even due to safety, that feel like a big compromise.

She’s Got Space Elsewhere, Too

There are other areas of concern, too. Hallways, doorways, and other tight spaces also need some space. This is especially true if your elderly family member uses larger assistive tools, like a walker or even a wheelchair. It might be necessary for your senior to consider clearing out anything extra that’s in those areas or consider widening them if that’s possible.

She’s Able to See What’s Going On

If your senior can’t see where she’s going or what’s happening around her, mobility is that much more difficult. The lighting in your senior’s home might need to be improved, either with brighter light bulbs or even by adding additional lighting. While you’re at it, features like motion-sensing lights or voice-activated lights can be a huge help.

There’s Equipment to Help Her

Your senior might be familiar with some of the equipment that can help her mobility, like a walker, but there are other tools, too. Lift chairs, stair lifts, and even bathtub lifts are all equipment that can make everyday tasks so much easier for your senior. Having an adjustable bed might make life easier for your senior on those days when she’s unable to get out of bed. A scooter can give her better mobility when she’s out in public. It’s worth doing some research to find out what other options she has available.

Your senior may also need extra help to assist with mobility concerns. Home care providers can offer stability for her and handle tasks that make mobility easier and that can keep her from injuring herself. They can also teach both of you how to spot possible mobility concerns so that you can correct them as soon as possible.

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Broadview, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Billings today at 406-839-2390.

Shanna Tourtlotte

Shanna Tourtlotte has been the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare Billings since 2011.

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