Senior Care Resources and Information in New York

Click Here to Fill Out the "Get Help" Form

For Senior Care Help Call Toll Free (888) 822-5211
Need Help for an Aging Veteran Call Toll Free (888) 858-2098

How Could Boredom Impact Safety for Seniors?

Senior Home Safety in Brooklyn NY

Senior Home SafetyWhen you’re bored, what do you do? Some people have a tendency to turn on the TV, go for a walk, or try to find some exciting activity to enjoy. The younger a person is, they may have a desire to get involved in sports or other recreational activities. For seniors, what can they do to help cure boredom?

That all depends on their interests and what they’ve been doing in recent years. Some people have a tendency to become bored when they’re no longer capable of doing things they used to enjoy. For example, an 80-year-old man who once played golf almost every other day is no longer able to pick up the club and swing it. Therefore, he might tend to remain at home puttering around the house.

His friends moved away, passed away, or are no longer available to hang out with. Whether he lives alone, with a spouse of many years, or with family, those individuals might not share the same interests he has.

This person could turn the TV on to watch golf on the weekends. Watching the game on TV is certainly nothing like actually getting out there and playing it. He may become quickly bored with what he sees. So, what happens next?

In far too many situations when people are bored and looking for something interesting or exciting to do, they can inadvertently put themselves at unnecessary risk.

In this example, the senior may try to do something in the garage, some type of home improvement project to make himself feel like he’s still productive. He may try to fix a loose step, clean up the basement, or even pick up those golf clubs and try to swing them once more.

All of those potential situations can pose significant safety risks for him. If he falls off a ladder, he could be seriously injured, or worse. If he tries to pick up golf again, even getting to the driving range, he could break his hip or some other bone. He could pull a muscle, sprain an ankle or strain his knee. All of those injuries can be devastating for somebody who is 80. It can lead to weeks or even months of rehabilitation from which he might never truly recover.

The best thing is to have somebody to share certain activities with, somebody who can support that elderly individual and keep him safe. The best way to go about doing that is by hiring an experienced home care aide.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Brooklyn, NY, please call the caring staff at Right at Home of Brooklyn (347) 554-8400.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Walter Ochoa

Owner & Operator at Right at Home Brooklyn
Walter Ochoa is the owner and operator of Right at Home, which is located in Brooklyn. Walter graduated from the University of the Valley in Guatemala. He met and married his college sweetheart, Jean, who is American. They moved to Brooklyn, where they currently live with their 2 children. They are very involved in the community.

Walter has worked for some of the top financial service companies holding various positions from Project Management to Compliance Control Specialist. Despite his success, he had always wanted to do something more fulfilling that would give him a greater sense of inner satisfaction. He wanted to assist those who wished to stay in their own homes, but could no longer do it alone, like the elderly and disabled. So when the opportunity arose for him to start his own business, he took it. In 2010, Walter and Jean ventured to open Right at Home of Brooklyn, which services all of New York City.

Walter knows he made the right decision because he saw the need was definitely there. Now Right at Home assists not only the elderly and disabled, but adults of any age that need some assistance or an extra hand to continue living Right at Home”. That conviction, plus his Culture of Care philosophy, makes Right at Home one of the most Care driven Home Care agencies around.