Your father is getting older. He is beginning to show signs of slowing down, having difficulty getting up from a chair, and even walking up and down stairs. You’ve become concerned about his safety and wonder what options are available that can set your mind at ease.
Home care options are best.
Yes, it is certainly easy to volunteer your services to support him, but that may mean certain sacrifices on your behalf. You may have to give up time at work, exercising at the gym, eating healthy, cleaning your own house, spending time with friends and other loved ones, and more.
Even if you do all that and are more than willing to sacrifice these things, that doesn’t mean his safety will improve. If you have no prior experience supporting somebody in their 70s, 80s, or 90s with their physical tasks and mobility, you might not know what to look for and may not be prepared to assist them properly.
Would you lift with your knees?
If your father needed help getting out of bed, for example, and you stopped over to assist him, how would you go about doing it? Would you help him swing his legs over the side and get up into a seated position? Would you then lean forward, bending at your hips to allow him to put his weight on you? If so, that is going to place a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on your body. It can cause injuries for you.
What happens if you’re injured?
If you’re injured you won’t be any help to anyone, much less your father. When you rely on home care support services, such as a home care aide, these individuals often have a great deal of experience supporting other elderly clients. That means they will be able to spot certain safety issues before they become serious problems.
Have you ever considered grab bars?
Have you ever thought that your father could be having difficulty stepping into and out of the shower or tub? Maybe you never thought about the benefits of a shower seat. Home care aides will know plenty of these things and be up to spot certain safety issues easily overlooked by younger, healthier adults who simply don’t have prior experience supporting seniors in this capacity.
When you lean on home care aides and their professionalism and experience, especially when you hire through an agency, your father’s safety will increase almost automatically.