Neighbors can be an incredible asset for helping to keep seniors safe at home. Safety for some seniors can be compromised as they deal with various health issues, but it can also be a factor due to the natural process of aging. When people get older, they will lose muscle mass. It doesn’t matter if they continue to exercise regularly or not; that loss of muscle mass will progress when people move through their 70s, 80s, and 90s.
It’s not easy to worry about a family member’s safety.
It could be a parent, grandparent, sibling, or somebody else. It could be a friend. When people care about others, they want the best for them. When the signs of physical limitations and diminished strength become obvious, that family support system may wish they could do more, but if they don’t live in the area, it may not be practical.
Home care support is the best option to consider.
For these seniors, hiring a home care aide, even for just a couple of hours once or twice a week, can be an invaluable asset. A lot of people assume home care is only an option for those who need full-time or around-the-clock care. In truth, through an agency, people can hire home care aides for just once or twice a week, for two or three hours at a time.
Neighbors can also help in many cases.
Not every neighborhood is conducive to this type of atmosphere where people look out for one another, but the majority of those across the country are. People eventually and ultimately get to know at least some of their neighbors over time.
When a person is having difficulty with their mobility or safety, a neighbor might be more than willing to check in on this individual once a week, if not a few times a week, or even daily. This can offer great assurance and reassurance to not just the elderly individual, but also his or her family.
This neighbor could help take out the garbage, check the walkway to make sure there are no sticks or leaves stuck on it, and even assist with a few minor things every once in a while. It’s important not to try and rely on neighbors as though they were home care providers, because this is going to place undue stress and pressure on those individuals.
By including neighbors in the process and considering home care options, seniors can improve their safety at home by leaps and bounds.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Flemington, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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