Of the falls that occur within the home, approximately one-half of these occur in the bathroom. This makes sense when considering that the environment is, by necessity, comprised of hard surfaces which are often wet or damp. With the elderly, factor in less-than-perfect balance or failing eyesight, and a misstep in this room can spell disaster.
There are many bathroom safety products that are designed for ease of transfer in and out your shower or tub. Raised toilet seats, toilet safety frames, and non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone appliqués in the tub can help prevent falls.
In addition to bathroom safety products, a home health aide can assist with bathroom safety. A home health aide can assist an elderly person or someone recovering from surgery or illness with access to and from the bathroom. A personal care aide can help with bathing, drying off, dressing, and grooming. Having another person to help with balance and ensure that a wet surface is wiped dry can ensure bathroom safety.
At David York Agency, we understand that caregiving is a process that demands compassion, caring, patience & expertise. Our home health aides are up-to-date with the latest caregiver techniques and are ready and available whenever you decide to begin service. If you would like more information about home health aides, please contact us at 718.376.7755 or www.davidyorkagency.com and visit our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages.
Lovable Cranky Old Lady
Sheila Klass was a self-professed old lady and blogging grandma who approached her advanced age and physical limitations with humor and grace. Though she passed away very recently, thankfully she left behind wonderful personal blog entries bringing insight into a natural treasure, our older generation. She was a lovable cranky old lady to her fans.
In her blog, Sheila Klass articulated the frustrations that many older adults have about getting older. This octogenarian understood that being legally blind due to macular degeneration meant she needed help. Still, her pride did not permit her to accept it gracefully. However, as a child of the Great Depression, she abhorred feeling anything less than independent. She hated needing help with the daily activities of life. Prof. Klass resented needing help to read mail, pay bills, go to doctor appointments, sort medications, shop and do laundry. Though she was grateful for all the help her children happily provided, she refused to be graceful about it. “I want the right, at 86 … to do whatever I choose. She continues saying, “that right has been forfeited to age and decrepitude, and I mind it terribly.” Prof. Klass admits that she is “a very ungrateful old lady” as a result.
Life is Like a Circle
This feisty “old lady” colorfully and clearly laid out how her peers resent how life turns full circle. She articulated the feelings of older adults who feel that having once climbed out of dependency as children, they are forced right back into it as older adults. Prof. Klass’s blog at www.blogginggrandma.com was filled with reminiscences and emotions that would touch many who are in their twilight years and is worth a “gander”.
David York Agency is extra sensitive to this state of mind. We are committed to treating our elderly clients with the respect and understanding earned through their advanced years. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 with any questions or visit our website at www.davidyorkagency.com to learn more about our mission and philosophy.