Not being able to hear what somebody’s telling you may seem more like a nuisance at first more than anything else. While seniors may be at an increased risk of developing some type of hearing loss, it can actually affect their safety at home tremendously.
There are numerous ways that hearing loss can negatively impact safety. Below are three to consider. When you take some time to consider these things, hopefully you’ll begin to realize that taking other steps can improve safety for that elderly individual.
1. They might be unable to hear the smoke detector.
If hearing loss is significant and the senior was cooking something and walked away and forgot about it, eventually the smoke detector will go off. If they have hearing loss and don’t address it and correct it, they may be unable to hear that smoke detector.
In some situations that could quickly become a life-threatening problem.
2. They may not listen to their doctor’s instructions.
Some people simply don’t want to know what may be happening to them. The senior might not want to pay attention to what his or her doctor is trying to tell him. They may nod and say okay, but if they turn their hearing aid down or don’t even let anybody know they’re struggling with their hearing, they may not hear some of those important instructions.
Those instructions could have to do with exercise, diet, restrictions, overall health, and much more. If they are not listening to those instructions or advice, it could be putting them at greater risk of an accident or some other serious medical emergency.
3. They may feel isolated and alone.
When a senior is not able to hear as well as he used to, he may end up feeling more isolated and alone. He may try to carry on conversations but eventually gives up. If he is among a group of friends and they are having a conversation, but he can’t really understand what is being said, it can make him feel like an outsider looking in.
This can lead to increased risks of developing depression and other emotional challenges. When a person is depressed and feels like nothing really matters for them anymore, they may have a tendency to give up and not pay attention to the things around them. That could certainly increase the risk of slipping, falling, tripping, and dealing with other potentially serious safety hazards.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to improve senior home safety in Bernardsville, NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.
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