Senior Home Safety in Charlotte NC
It’s early in the morning and your alarm hasn’t even gone off yet. The phone is ringing. You recognize the familiar chirping sound coming from your cell phone. You crack your eyes open, fumble in the dark to gather it up in your hand, bring it closer to you and squint at the number. It says, simply, ‘Dad.’
You jolt upright. You jam your thumb on the answer button and ask him immediately what’s wrong. He wouldn’t be calling unless something was wrong.
He needs help. He was getting out of bed in the middle of the night, slipped, and fell to the floor. He has been struggling to get back up, but he doesn’t seem to have the strength. He thinks something is seriously wrong with his legs. He managed to get to the nightstand and pick up the phone, and before he’s even finished talking, you’re dressed and rushing out the door.
By the time you get there you find him right where he said he was. You help him get up, get on the bed, and do a preliminary check to see if he is experiencing extreme pain in his hip, legs, or anywhere else. He isn’t, but you’re going to take him to the doctor anyway.
After going through all that, you realize your father is not as safe at home that you thought. The longer you spend with him during that stressful day, the more you begin to hear stories about how he slipped in the shower the other day, how he’s been unsteady getting up and down the stairs, and how he’s worried about his own safety at home.
Now is the time to do something to help him stay safe. So where can you turn?
You don’t have the time to be his full-time, around-the-clock caregiver. He lives alone. So what you do?
The first thing you should do is talk about home care support services. Talk to him about hiring a home care aide for a couple of hours in the morning to start. This aide can help him get out of bed and get ready for the day without the risk of slipping and falling again.
You can also contact a home improvement contractor to find out about installing grab bars in the tub or shower surround, maybe a higher toilet seat, and securing the steps that lead upstairs or down to the basement. You may also want to have somebody check the handrails to ensure they are strong enough to support a person of your father’s size.
When you’re concerned about safety for an elderly loved one, home care should always be something to seriously consider and discuss.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN CORNELIUS, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.
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