Senior Home Safety in Charlotte NC
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month and as people get older, the risk of vision related problems can increase. For any elderly woman, dealing with vision related problems can actually impact safety for them at home as well.
That’s why it’s essential people visit their eye care professional as recommended. For younger, healthier adults, at least every other year they should visit their eye care professional for an eye exam. For older individuals, especially those who may be at an increased risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or other vision related problems, it may be necessary to get an eye exam annually.
What happens when a person is dealing with vision loss?
If the senior at home is dealing with vision loss, it can create a number of problems, especially with regard to staying safe. It becomes more difficult to see clearly and the senior might not notice a bag, box, or other item that was left in the kitchen, for example.
He or she may also miss the distance between them and a piece of furniture that might be in the hall. If they can’t see these items clearly enough, it can cause them to trip, bump into something, lose their balance, and fall down.
Another major concern with regard to vision loss and seniors is that it becomes a bit more difficult to see clearly at night. Even adding more light fixtures and brighter watt bulbs might not be enough to improve safety for the senior within the comfort of their own home.
How to improve safety for somebody dealing with vision related problems.
It’s important that the elderly individual see their eye care professional any time vision problems may be suspected. If the individual is having more difficulty seeing during the day, at night, or under certain conditions, even if they had an eye exam six months ago, for example, they should make another appointment right away.
The earlier vision related problems are diagnosed, the more viable treatment options are available to them.
Making sure hallways, open walking areas, and other rooms in the house are clear of clutter, boxes, unnecessary furniture, and other items is also a great way to improve safety for the senior.
A family member, friend, or even a neighbor can sit down and explain the safety issues that may exist for the senior dealing with vision related problems. The more aware a person is about risks and hazards that surround them, even in a house they’ve lived most of their life, the more focus they can place on each step and each activity and that will keep them safer.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN CHARLOTTE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.
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