If an elderly parent seems to be having trouble keeping her balance lately, family caregivers are right to worry about a slip and fall accident. With age, seniors often don’t have as good of balance as they used to. Illness, injury, medications and chronic conditions can add to their instability when it comes to moving around. Caregivers can help aging moms and dads gain more support by suggesting they use a walking device like a cane or a walker. With a doctor’s approval, a walker can help elderly adults become safer and more independent when moving around.
Slip and Fall Accidents are Serious
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries to elderly adults. In fact, most injuries to seniors in their own homes are a result of a slip and fall accident. While some injuries may be minor with just bumps and bruises, serious consequences include broken bones, concussions and even death.
It’s not enough for family caregivers and senior care aides to make sure that the floor is free of clutter. Hidden hazards include bad lighting, protruding furniture, pets and loose shoes. Above all, many seniors are struggling with keeping their balance and slower reaction times if they stumble. A walker or cane can provide that extra support they need to stay safe and upright.
Choosing the Right Walking Device
Doctors and physical therapists can assist elderly adults in choosing the right walking device for their needs. Canes and walkers are not the same and give slightly different support to the user. They also need to be instructed on the safe and proper usage of the cane or walker. It’s not enough to just grab a cane or walker and take off—there is a technique for using them to their best advantage and creating safe conditions for the elderly person.
The qualified health care provider will ensure that the walker or cane is the right size and ensure that they are using it properly. They can also provide facts to the aging patient about the importance of using the walking device and the consequences of a slip and fall to their help. Ultimately, the elderly person will need encouragement using the cane or walker as they will probably be reluctant to do so at home.
Family Caregivers Play An Important Part
Unfortunately, family caregivers often must hold some difficult conversations with their elderly parents about their health and wellness. but necessary conversations. Among the most difficult conversations are those that attempt to convince a senior to use a cane or walker. Because many seniors don’t want to look “old” or they think they don’t need one, family caregivers may encounter some resistance.
Of course, no elderly adult wants to be told what to do. However, their objections need to be countered gently but firmly when it comes to walking devices. When family members encourage their elderly loved one to use a cane or walker, they are investing in their health to make sure they stay happy and healthy for many years to come.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME SENIOR CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.