Fall risk is something that all elderly adults and family caregivers should keep in mind. Each year millions of senior adults suffer falls, some resulting in very serious injuries that can diminish their health, safety, quality of life, and even life expectancy.
Taking the time to make modifications to their surroundings when they are at home can help to greatly reduce this fall risk, but you must also take the steps to keep your parent safe when they are out of the home. This includes when they are getting into and out of the car. This movement can be challenging for seniors who are living with balance problems, mobility issues, decreased range of motion, arthritis, and other challenges. Fortunately, there are ways to make this process easier and safer.
Use these tips to help your parent reduce fall risk when getting in and out of the car:
-Have a home care provider available to provide support and assistance, as well as safe and reliable transportation
-Look for a handle that is placed on the inside of the doorframe when the door is open. This rubberized handle can then be used to offer leverage and support when your parent is getting into the car and then again when they are getting out
-Use a rotating disk that allows your parent to stand on it and gently swivel to put them in the appropriate position to sit down and then to stand again. This is ideal for seniors with problems with balance and range of motion
-Rather than having your parent swing one leg into the car, sit, and then bring in the other, encourage them to sit sideways and then bring both legs in at once
-Avoid having your parent travel in a car that requires them to climb up into it or out of it, or that is excessively low to the ground
If your parent has been struggling with a health challenge or limitation that has increased their care needs, your own schedule or ability to care for them has changed, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. An in-home senior home care services provider can be a valuable source of support for both you and your parent, supplementing the care that you already give them, and helping them to pursue a lifestyle that is more independent and fulfilling as they age in place. These care services can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with activities of daily living, mobility support, meal preparation, help with sensitive care tasks such as bathing and toileting, companionship, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Brea, CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266.