Senior Home Safety in Norwalk CT
How important is safety? Most people would readily admit that safety is essential. As people get older, safety can be even more important than it appeared in their younger years. After all, somebody in their 30s or 40s, for example, who slips while in the shower will have a much better chance of regaining their balance or at least minimizing injuries in the event they fall.
Somebody in their 70s, 80s, or 90s who slips while taking a shower could be facing some extremely devastating injuries, including broken ankles, broken legs, broken hips, and so much more. A sobering statistic is that the mortality rate for seniors 65 and over following a broken hip can be as high as 27% (Schnell, Friedman, et al). That’s staggering when you think about it.
If a person is injured, their quality of life may diminish, at least for a while. When a senior is seriously injured, quality of life could be permanently impacted. Here are four reasons quality of life should actually be considered directly tied to safety for seniors.
Reason #1: If they’re injured, life becomes more difficult.
If a senior is injured due to a tripping accident or slip and fall, they will face a lengthy recovery time. They might have to do physical therapy, spend time in the hospital, and their muscles will lose more and more strength until they are finally able to get back to using those muscles.
The basic tasks of daily life become much more challenging as a result.
Reason #2: They will lose certain abilities.
After a broken hip, for example, a person in their late 70s will likely lose the ability to take care of their lawn, do gardening, or other tasks, at least without proper assistance. Even when their hip heals, the strength they lose will be significant.
Reason #3: Nervousness and fear developed.
When somebody suffers a serious or catastrophic injury due to a fall, they have a tendency to become more nervous and anxious about similar situations occurring in the future. That means they might avoid activities or certain areas of the house.
That will directly impact quality of life because they will avoid certain things altogether.
Reason #4: There is less hope when disabled.
This doesn’t mean people who are disabled have less hope than others, but when a senior has been used to taking care of himself or herself most of their life, if they become disabled due to injuries sustained in an accident, they may have less hope about their future than they did just a few months ago.
That will likely change when they begin to see the possibilities that exist, as long as they consider the right support services. It’s important to focus on safety for seniors and it’s also a good idea to consider a home care aide to help out.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk,CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today at 203-523-0331.
Sovereign Home Health is focused on caring for our clients throughout Connecticut and Northern, New Jersey.With two locations and services ranging from our personal care and companion care services to our 24/7 Never Alone Care, our specially trained and certified in-home caregivers can provide you with the care and freedom you or your loved one deserve.
Each of our clients has different care needs, and Sovereign Home Health provides a range of services that can be customized to fit their unique, individual client needs. To learn more about Sovereign Home Health or to set up a free comprehensive consultation, contact us today.
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