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.
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.
In her blog, Sheila Klass articulated the frustrations that many older adults have about getting older. Legally blind due to macular degeneration, this octogenarian explained that while she fully realized she needed help, her pride did not permit her to accept it gracefully. As a child of the Great Depression, she abhored feeling anything less than independent. She hated needing help with the daily activities of life like reading mail, paying bills, going to doctor appointments, sorting medications and even doing her shopping and laundry. She was grateful for all the help her children happily provided, but she refused to be graceful about it. “I want the right, at 86 , …. to do whatever I choose, and that right has been forfeited to age and decrepitude, and I mind it terribly. Which makes me a very ungrateful old lady.”
This feisty “old lady” colorfully and clearly laid out how her peers resent how life turns full circle and, 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”.
Please know that David York Agency is ultra sensitive to this state of mind and is committed to treating our elderly clients with the respect and understanding that their years have earned them. 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.