Why Home Support is Critical in Helping Seniors Avoid Injuries
As we get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid injury and illness. This is true for many reasons, such as:
- Depleted immune system
- Decreased mobility
- Memory loss
- Depleted Immune System
With age, our immune systems become less resilient and less effective in combatting against illness and physical injury. Not only does the immune system begin to produce less antibodies, which are cells that that help eradicate destructive toxins and viruses, but it also develops a slower response time to fight infections.
This results in longer healing periods and the inability of the immune system to identify and attack harmful substances.
After the age of 30, we begin to lose muscle mass. This is referred to as sarcopenia. Loss of muscle mass leads to decreased strength and mobility, which results in a higher risk of injury and illness.
Diminished strength can affect balance, making it more difficult to get around without falling. Falls are the biggest concern for seniors with mobility issues. One fall, even if injuries are minor, can spark an increased fear of a repeat occurrence. Seniors may be so afraid of having another fall, they become inactive. This leads to more mobility problems which further compromises the immune system.
General forgetfulness is a common and accepted part of the aging process. These mild memory lapses can then lead to more serious memory problems, and even dementia. Regardless of the severity of memory loss, it can still be a genuine cause of injury in the home. For example, simply forgetting to turn off the stove can have disastrous consequences. A small memory lapse of his nature can result in severe injury or even death.
How Can Home Support Help Avoid Injury and Illness?
Home Care can be a very effective solution to alleviate injury and illness concerns for seniors. This can be accomplished through:
- Consistent nutrition and exercise
- Fall prevention
- Safeguarding the home
- Consistent Nutrition and Exercise
- One of the most effective methods for combatting injury and disease is to maintain a healthy body and mind.
Home care is a great way to bring about positive change in a senior’s daily routine. Caregivers can help create and implement a practical schedule that involves exercise and eating right. They can also provide encouragement and support in carrying out this routine. The result is increased social interaction, increased strength, and increased confidence.
Home care is also a powerful method for fighting existing illnesses and recovering from injuries. Studies show recovery times are much quicker in the home than in a hospital or an assisted living community.
This is a very serious concern for seniors. Falls can cause severe injuries like broken bones, brain damage, or worse. Caregivers can help prevent falls through physical conditioning and safeguarding the home.
Physical conditioning can be used to build strength and allow for more muscle control. This can help reduce the risk of falls and the fear of falling as well. Making the home safe and hazard-free is the next step.
Safeguarding the Home
Numerous steps can be taken to increase home safety and decrease injury in the home. Some of these security measures include:
- Eliminate clutter
- Clear plenty of room for walkways
- Secure loose rugs or carpets
- Maximize lighting
- Install extra handrails in the bathroom and other areas
- Keep medications in safe place and ensure they are clearly labeled
- Keep toxic cleaning products and other noxious substances out of reach
- Wear comfortable shoes with strong grip to prevent slipping
The caregivers at CaregiverMatch.com can help construct and implement plans using any of these methods, and more, to help keep your loved one safe and injury free.
As we get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid injury and illness. After the age of 30, we begin to lose muscle mass. This is referred to as sarcopenia. Loss of muscle mass leads to decreased strength and mobility, which results in a higher risk of injury and illness. Diminished strength can affect balance, making it more difficult to get around without falling. Falls are the biggest concern for seniors with mobility issues.