When we’re young, active, and healthy, the last thing we worry about is getting around from place to place. However, decreased mobility is a natural part of aging and an unfortunate part of the recovery process after an illness or injury.
If you have a parent or grandparent that has mobility issues, you know first-hand what a physical and emotional toll these issues take on your loved one. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help him or her stay safe at home and reduce the fears and frustrations associated with getting around.
Characteristics of Decreased Mobility
At least two-thirds of all accidents caused by mobility issues are falls, and falls are also a top leading cause of death. Falls result in broken bones, muscle strains, and long-term anxiety. There are many risks associated with mobility problems, and it’s always best to see the warning signs early to prevent future accidents.
These are some of defining characteristics of impaired physical mobility:
- Decreased reaction time
- Limited range of motion
- Jerky or uncoordinated movements
- Shortness of breath after motion
- Slowed overall movement
- Frustration while performing routine activities
Emotional Support for Parents & Grandparents
Understandably, it can be incredibly difficult to cope with mobility impairments, and that’s why friends and family are so important during this time. Not only do mobility issues make daily life more difficult, but they make common tasks frustrating and even dangerous.
It is advantageous for family members to work together to practice new ways to accomplish old tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and grooming. However, family care should not stop at physical support because emotional support is just as important. Try to engage your family member in open and honest discussions about mobility goals, persistent struggles, and possible solutions on an ongoing basis because mobility issues can change over time.
Helpful Mobility Solutions
Mobility aids, such as canes, wheelchairs, and walkers, can make a huge difference in the lives of people with mobility problems. To help your parent or grandparent maintain her independence, consider using a stairlift in the home, outdoor space, or vehicle. Swivel seat cushions vehicles, risers, and transfer discs can also be very helpful to move with ease. “Quick fix” solutions include installing grab bars in bathrooms, securing rugs to floors to prevent slippage, and clearing hallways of clutter that’s difficult to navigate.
For over 15 years, we have been serving customers with mobility issues in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as the counties of Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau with professional Bruno stairlifts that make life easier for your loved one and give you peace of mind.
Another great option is to set your family member up with an emergency alert system, like Life Alert, to get help quickly in case of an accident. If your loved one’s mobility issues have gotten to a point where her ability to care for everyday tasks are compromised, perhaps it is time to discuss the benefits of hiring a caregiver. These are very sensitive issues to bring up, yet necessary discussions to have to enhance the safety and quality of life of your parent or grandparent.