One of the uncomfortable realities for all adults is that as we age, we might need assistance with just the basic tasks of life. Physical maturity, becoming an adult, is associated with independence and ability. But as life moves on, as we continue to age, and enter our elderly years, the reality is our physical independence can be lessened to a significant degree. This is entirely normal, and should not be viewed as an embarrassment, even though it can be an inconvenience.
Whether it’s you, or your elderly loved one, who is part of the one-third of all elderly who need some daily aid in dealing with life tasks, it’s important to cover the basics and help ensure the environment you or your loved one is living in has been made as safe as possible for their reduced physical abilities.
Just the simple layout of a room might need to be changed. An area that’s no problem for younger adults, or even children, to navigate, can be dangerous for the elderly. Walkways need to be kept clear, and especially when walkers or wheelchairs are in use. Light levels should be maintained to provide consistent illumination, to keep from adding fumbling around in the dark to the task of trying to cross a room or walk down a hallway. Keep switches for lights in convenient locations.
Problems sleeping can affect anyone, even the elderly. Don’t leave your loved ones awake all night! #HealthStatus
- 144% of seniors suffer from insomnia.
- 2Keep areas around the bed free from clutter with plenty of space between furniture and walls to navigate safely.
- 3As parents age their living and sleeping environments may need to be modified, especially as mobility decreases.