With advances in modern medicine and viable treatments for many chronic conditions, we are living longer and establishing expectations of remaining independent well into our golden years. Aging in place certainly has its benefits, but it is not always the safest option available as our minds and bodies begin to change with age.
It can be difficult to assess whether your mother or father is having difficulty managing the household because pride often gets in the way of safe judgement. That’s why it’s so important to understand the early warning signs of risk and what solutions are available for your family.
Warning Signs of Danger
Everyone ages differently, but there are a few tell-tale characteristics that often indicate that things aren’t going so well around the house. These are some of the signs that you should keep an eye out for when spending time with your parents to ensure that they are still safe in their home.
- Memory loss
- Weight loss or poor diet
- Social confusion
- Fall hazards around the house
- Frustration completing household tasks
- Unexplained bruising
- Spoiled food, dirty dishes, and extreme clutter
- Worsening bathing and grooming habits
Mobility Solutions to Age in Place
Mobility is one of the biggest issues among people who are growing older, but fortunately, modern technology can provide viable solutions to common concerns.
Dermer Stairlifts offers a wide range of stairlifts to help people stay mobile inside the home, vertical platform lifts for areas outside the home, and vehicle lifts to safely transport wheelchairs and scooters. If your parent could benefit from any kind of mobility lift, contact us today to learn how we can help. We’ve been serving Nassau, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, and Suffolk for over 15 years and helped give many New Yorkers peace of mind about their parents’ safety.
If mobility solutions aren’t enough to keep your parents safe at home, it might be time to discuss caregiving or an assisted living arrangement. These conversations are never easy, but they’re crucial ones to have with loved ones in your life before a concern turns into a catastrophe.