At Senior Home Companions, our caregivers provide clients with much more than companionship. In fact, their primary focus is ensuring each client’s safety and well-being. More than just a helping hand, caregivers can be a great resource in reducing the risk of injury. Here are five of the ways caregivers help seniors improve their safety at home:
Getting ready for appointments or errands can be challenging with age. Simply getting dressed, collecting your belongings, and making it safely to your vehicle can be strenuous and present risks for injury. With the help of a caregiver, a client can have less stress on their mind and body while preparing for the day. More energy and lower levels of stress on the body drastically reduce the risk of a fall or muscle injury from over-exertion.
Mobility becomes more challenging with age. Walking to and from each room can cause exhaustion and unbalance, which can lead to falling. A caregiver offers a helping hand to climb the stairs or walk to a distant part of the home. For clients using a walker or cane, caregivers can carry drinks and reading materials to them. This ensures the client’s hands are free to hold on to their assistive device. Caregivers also carry heavy items like a laundry basket or bag of trash to help clients with limited mobility.
Daily chores can start to be too much to handle later in life. You may have vacuumed with ease for decades, but notice it becomes harder to maneuver and avoid dangerous obstacles. Bending over, lifting and carrying heavy items, climbing steps with full hands, and reaching overhead each present risks for older adults. Continually challenging yourself with these household chores can eventually lead to falls or injuries caused by over-exertion. A caregiver can provide light housekeeping support, enabling you to save your energy for more enjoyable activities.
Preparing and cooking a meal can become a strenuous task. As we age, poor eyesight, a diminished sense of balance and weaker muscles all play tricks on our body and whipping up a meal is not as easy as it once was. With a caregiver, not only will you have assistance in the kitchen to do the chopping, cooking and cleaning, but they can assist in handling knives, pots of boiling water and lifting objects that are just a bit too heavy.
Aging results in less endurance, balance and strength—all of which are underlying physical factors that can lead to potential falls or muscle strains. With a health professional’s guidance, a caregiver can be an advocate for exercises focused on improving strength and reducing your risk of injury.
If you are concerned about your safety at home, it is time to contact Senior Home Companions. We can offer advice on next step action plans and show you why a caregiver might be the perfect solution for you and your family.