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Safely Helping a Senior into and Out of the Car

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

Getting out of a chair can be challenging for some elderly individuals. Getting out of bed can also be overwhelming. Depending on the age of the senior, their physical capabilities, their strength, and other factors, they might need a significant amount of physical support just to accomplish basic tasks throughout the day.

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

Senior Home Safety in Clark NJ

When a senior is getting into or out of a car, the challenges in supporting them can be tremendous. For example, a 78-year-old man who weighs almost 200 pounds might be supported by his wife who is about a year younger and 60 pounds lighter. Helping him get up from a chair is difficult enough, and supporting him and assisting him getting out of a car can be extremely dangerous.

That’s not doing anything to promote safety for either of those seniors, in the comfort of their home or when they go out.

The best way to help a senior into and out of a car is to make sure the person helping them is properly braced. A 77-year-old woman who weighs 140 pounds may have extreme difficulty doing this, mostly because her own strength has diminished to the point where staying balanced is a challenge.

What’s the other option?

A senior may need to get in and out of the car to go to a doctor’s appointment. He may need to go somewhere else. The best thing any elderly individual can do is rely on an experienced home care aide.

If a family member, a much younger family member, is able and willing to help out, though, it’s important to consider safety for not just the senior, but that caregiver as well.

To best help a person get into the car, it’s essential that they position themselves as close to the edge of the seat as possible. When ready, the person helping should position themselves slightly to the side and behind them. As a senior is eases down, the helper should bend at their legs, not their back.

Most of us have a tendency to bend at our back, and that’s when accidents and injuries occur. By bending at the knee, it provides a lot more stability and also protects not just the senior, but the person supporting them as well.

When helping a senior get out of the car, again it’s essential that younger adults position himself or herself with bent knees, a straight back, and that allows the senior to pull on them from that position. Never bend at the waist or lean over to help.

It can be awkward at first, but it’s much safer in the long run.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Clark, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.

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Robert D'Arienzo

After graduating from Seton Hall University with a BS in finance Helping Hands Homecare’s Owner / President, Robert D’Arienzo, went to work on Wall St. for six years. However, after Robert’s grandmother became ill with stomach cancer Robert and his family needed to find assistance in the home for her. After many trials and tribulations Robert could see that there was a great need for quality home care services here in NJ and loved the idea of being able to assist other families who were going through what his family went through with his beloved grandmother.

Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.

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