Your parent’s home should be a space that is comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing for them. It should also be safe and accessible. If your loved one is living with mobility issues, they may face special challenges and utilizing their home effectively. Making meaningful changes to their living area can help your parent to cope with mobility issues so they are safe and secure in their home, and can enjoy the area with confidence.
Some changes you can make in your seniors living area to help them cope with mobility issues include:
-Remove any loose floor coverings such as rugs or runners that may cause slipping or tripping.
-Make sure all furniture is arranged in a way that promotes easy flow and navigation through the living area, but also provides support and balance while your parent moves through the space.
-Remove extraneous items such as decorative pieces that could cause a tripping hazard.
-Make a visible mark on the corner of walls so they are easier to see, reducing the chances your parent will run into them.
-Remove furniture that is very lightweight or on wheels. these pieces may tempt your senior to take hold of them, possibly causing them to topple over or move, increasing the chances of a fall.
-If your parent has a large living area, consider adding extra pieces of furniture throughout it, such as benches or chairs. These allow your parent to sit and take a break when they need it.
-Keep items they need at a level that is easily accessible for your parent so they do not need to bend or reach to get them. Having an organizational caddy on a side table or hanging on the arm of a chair is a great way to ensure your parent has easy access to items they may need, such as a remote, tissues, or a mobile device.
Helping your senior cope with mobility issues in a way that encourages them to maintain an active and engaged life is one of the most meaningful services of an elderly care provider.
Mobility issues can make a dramatic negative impact on your senior’s functioning, safety, and quality of life. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider enable your parent to stay more active while maintaining their safety, reducing their stress and anxiety, and preserving mental and emotional well-being. As a family caregiver, knowing your senior has access to this care can reduce your stress and give you a higher quality of life as well.
If you or a senior family member are considering hiring Homecare in Paramus, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today at (973) 427-3553.
I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.
In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.
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