Many older adults have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to get around as well as they once did. Impaired mobility can range from trouble going up and down stairs because of aching knees to being confined to a wheelchair or completely bedridden. Such disabilities can make living alone difficult or even dangerous.
People who cannot move around well may be unable to clean their homes or cook meals for themselves. As a result, they may be unable to live on their own without help or may require round the clock care. If there’s an older adult in your family who has mobility issues, hiring a home care provider can help seniors to remain living in their homes or assist with care if they live with other family members.
Here are just a few of the things a home care worker can do to help…
Assist with Getting Out of the House
A senior who cannot walk well or who is confined to a wheelchair may spend their entire day inside if they do not have help getting outside. A home care provider can help the person to get outside in the fresh air. They can take the person for short walks and keep them safe from falls. If the person is in a wheelchair, a home care provider can push their wheelchair so they can enjoy a “stroll” around the neighborhood.
Remove Fall Hazards
For older adults, falls can cause serious injuries. There are several ways that home care providers can help to prevent falls in the home. They can remove clutter that could cause tripping, especially on stairs and in walkways. Home care providers can also help to remove or secure loose rugs and electrical cords.
Prepare Meals and Snacks
A home care provider can prepare meals and snacks for older adults. Or, if the person still enjoys cooking, but needs a little help, the home care provider can allow them to take the lead in cooking and act as an assistant to handle the things that are too hard, like opening cans or chopping vegetables.
Carrying and Lifting
Because older adults with mobility issues sometimes need their hands to hold rails or steady themselves, carrying things can make falls more likely. And, sometimes they lack the strength to lift heavier objects. Home care providers can do things like carrying groceries and helping to put them away. They can also carry laundry baskets to and from the laundry room.
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