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Helping an Aging Loved One Have Fun, but Stay Safe at Home

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

Having fun is important, regardless of age. However, when we witness elderly family members getting older and beginning to deal with certain physical challenges, we may worry about their safety. Safety for any senior at home is an important topic to not just keep in mind, but discuss.

The initial reaction to safety concerns.

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

Many family members, especially adult children, may encourage their parents or even their grandparents to avoid certain activities. They may talk to them about what they do during the day, where they go, and even the things they want to do.

If they hear their mother or father is going for a walk around the block by themselves, they may try to discourage them. After all, what would happen if they slipped and fell on the sidewalk? What if it was cold out and nobody noticed them? What if nobody stopped to help?

It’s easier to tell somebody not to even bother trying something if there’s a risk of being injured as a result than to find other reasonable solutions.

Seniors deserve to enjoy life. 

It doesn’t matter how old a person is; everyone has the right to enjoy life on their own terms. This could mean a difference of opinion between adult children and their aging parents. A woman in her mid-70s may enjoy gardening, for example, but because of her health issues or physical limitations, because she uses a cane or walker to get around inside the house, her adult son or daughter may tell her to stop doing that completely.

“There’s no point in it, mom,” the adult child might say. Their concern is making sure their mother is safe, but their mother enjoys gardening.

So who’s right? 

Ultimately, it should always come down to the senior. This doesn’t sit well with some family members who are concerned about their safety and well-being. No one can force another independent, autonomous individual to do something they don’t want to do, nor should they be inclined to tell them to stop doing something they enjoy, as long as they can remain safe.

So what if your mother is not safe in this particular example? 

Talk to her about hiring a home care aide to help out a couple of days a week. When you hire through an agency, you can find somebody willing to work with your mother for just two hours a day, once or twice a week to start. Your mother could end up having a blast and you can feel confident in her safety.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Clark, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

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Sharon Muenster

Owner at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the senior community. She became the president of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.

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