Eventually, our aging parents and relatives may start to need more care for themselves. One such way you can help them is by conducting a yearly safety check of their home, and this is beneficial for several reasons. Living alone can get risky, home safety is different for seniors than for younger people, and sometimes, they just won’t be the best judge for their care needs. During the yearly check, there are several things one can look out for: Physical and mental health safety issues, and general health safety issues. Unfortunately, if it becomes too risky for them to live alone, assisted living becomes another option.
- As seniors age their needs and lifestyles change, once where they were active and outgoing, they may stay closer to home and experience social isolation and loneliness.
- You need to realize that seniors themselves may not be the best judge of what their needs are. They may not want to admit to their limited capabilities or are embarrassed to admit they need more help.
- Install safety items to prevent falls, but also think about their mental state. Are every day things, like mail getting a lack of attention? They might need help taking care of those items.
“One step you can take to make sure your loved one will get the care they need at the time they need, is a yearly safety check.”