By the time Aaron was 78, he had been through and seen a lot in life. He felt that he had been fortunate to be happily married for more than 50 years before his wife passed away a couple of years ago, to travel the world, raise wonderful children, and had seen many of his grandchildren grow up. At this age, though, he was acutely aware of just how diminished his strength had become.
As a senior, he was worried about his safety.
Every single day he carried around a fear that this was going to be the day something terrible happened. Every time he had to go downstairs from his bedroom to the kitchen, living room, or to go out of the house, each step was a nerve-racking experience.
He gripped onto the handrail as tight as he could, but he knew the moment he lost his balance he was not going to be able to regain it.
He didn’t share a lot of these concerns with his family, mostly because he was worried about losing independence. He didn’t want to move. He certainly didn’t want to move in with any of his adult children and their families, not because he didn’t want to be a burden to them, but because he liked his independence. He actually enjoyed living alone, which was the next best thing to still having his wife there with him.
He didn’t want to give up his driver’s license. He didn’t want to express concerns about his own safety and how much fear and anxiety he actually held onto because he didn’t want to lose it.
There are plenty of things Aaron could have done to improve his safety.
He could have installed a stair lift. This is a wonderfully convenient way for seniors to stay safe, especially when they have increased challenges getting up and down stairs. Aaron wouldn’t have needed to use it, but if he was ever concerned about his strength and balance on a particular day, it would be there to keep him safe.
Even though he never slipped while getting into or out of the shower, at least not in recent memory, grab bars would have been a wonderful asset as well.
Having something to hold on to can provide seniors a great deal of comfort getting into and out of the shower when they don’t have the same strength and balance they did in years past.
If Aaron had taken just these two safety measures, he would have immediately reduced a significant part of the fear and anxiety that kept him from doing certain things around the house when he was alone.
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