Safety can be affected by many things. As people get older they will lose more muscle mass and that can affect balance, one’s ability to get up and down stairs, their ability to get up from a chair, and much more.
For seniors, safety at home can be compromised by health issues, injuries they sustained in accidents, and much more. Another reason that safety can be compromised for some elderly individuals is related to hearing or vision problems.
There are plenty of reasons why a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s who is dealing with hearing loss may have compromised safety.
They may not understand risk factors.
Some people, when struggling with their vision or hearing, may try to keep those things to themselves. They might develop techniques and strategies to disguise the issues they’re facing from their loved ones, including a spouse. They may nod and say they understand what somebody’s asking them or telling them, but unless that individual asks them to repeat some factor back to them, they may not hear important information.
There could be a number of risk factors surrounding that senior, including not being able to hear a person at the front door, not being able to hear the smoke detector going off, or more.
They may assume they can do anything.
When a person is dealing with hearing loss, they may assume it has nothing to do with their physical capabilities and other areas of their life. It may not, but in most cases when a person begins to lose one or more of their senses, it can complicate many tasks, ultimately putting them at some type of risk of slipping, falling, or being injured in another accident.
They may not hear doctor’s instructions.
If the senior has visited with his or her doctor recently and was given certain instructions about what they can or can’t do, things they should avoid, and more, they may not have heard of those instructions clearly. Again, they may say yes, they understand, but they don’t.
Some people assume they’re doing fine on their own. That’s a dangerous prospect for many seniors as they get older, especially when dealing with hearing loss or other sensory challenges.
They may not hear advice.
When a person is being given advice, whether it’s from their adult child, a friend, a doctor, or someone else, they could be missing out on an incredible opportunity to improve their own quality of life and safety.
If a person is dealing with hearing loss, they should seek a doctor for proper diagnosis and take advantage of some of the remedies, including hearing aids, that can help them and keep them safer at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to improve senior home safety in Riverhead, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.
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