Senior Home Safety in Charlotte, NC
You’re in your 40s or 50s. You’re quite healthy, strong, you workout at the gym every day, eat healthy, and have no real concerns about your strength, balance, or other issues. Being healthy is a wonderful thing, but it can make perspective a bit more challenging.
For example, you may be concerned about your elderly father who is moving through his 70s at a seemingly rapid clip. You’ve visited him several times and notice just how difficult a time it is for him to get around the house. You’ve walked with him through the mall, noticed his contemplation of the escalator, moving his foot out to grab that first step before pulling it back. Eventually, he would step away and ask to use the elevator instead, even though it would require more walking to get to.
It’s difficult for somebody who is completely healthy, strong, and vital to truly understand the challenges somebody may be facing as they get older. It’s a good idea to ‘hobble’ oneself to get a better perspective on the challenges the senior in their life may be facing at the moment.
How to change the perspective.
Becoming more empathetic means changing perspective and having a better understanding about the challenges somebody else is facing at that moment. For a young, healthy individual, gaining this perspective can be achieved by putting yourself in their shoes.
Taking a sensitivity training course meant to enlighten you on how your senior loved one experiences the world is one great way to become more empathetic. Specialty glasses to replicate macular degeneration, ear plugs to experience hearing loss, and gloves to experience loss of touch are just some of the techniques used in these classes.
What you’ll find in these classes, or even if you simply learn the techniques they use online and then try them at home, is that your senior loved one likely experiences the world completely different than you. You will see how simple tasks of daily living, like buttoning a shirt or reading a prescription label, can be exponentially more difficult for a senior with physical limitations.
Your changed perspective can also clue you in to the potential safety issues at home you might not have thought about before. This exercise will allow you to make modifications to your senior loved one’s home to make them safer, and may also indicate their need for additional care from a home care provider.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.
Knowing in her heart that families deserved better, she started Caring At Heart in 2008 with two key goals in mind: To provide clients and their families with an experience that was personable, easy, and reassuring and to create a working environment that employees were excited and proud to be a part of.