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Helping an Aging Parent Manage Stress May Improve Their Safety, Too

Senior Home Safety in New York NY

Nancy was living alone for more than five years by the time she turned 80. She lost her husband to a heart attack and it took a long time for her to get over that loss and find a way back into her Senior-Home-Safety-in-New-York-NYown life. As she got older, though, she struggled more and more with her physical capabilities.

She often thought it may have been directly related to the loss of her husband. She was having to do more things around the house she hadn’t been used to in the past, physical activities that taxed her muscles tremendously. She also considered the months she spent in a depressive state, unwilling to get out of bed and get active.

She learned afterward that people lose more and more muscle mass the older they get and it becomes increasingly challenging to keep whatever muscle they have left. She may have given away a lot of strength in those eight or nine months before she finally managed to pull herself out of her depression and get back to enjoying some aspects of life.

Lately, Nancy’s daughter has been stopping by to check in on her frequently. She noticed Nancy seeming to be more stressed and anxious about some things that never seemed to be much of a problem in the past. Nancy is worried about getting the mail. She has difficulty navigating the steps and though she can get out to the garage, it’s dark, she doesn’t feel comfortable on the steps, and decides to limit her number of trips out as infrequently as possible.

Nancy’s daughter also noticed her mother being worried about the condition of her house. Those steps seem looser than they used to. She can’t change a lightbulb in the ceiling when it goes out. One night the smoke detector began beeping and she poked it with a broom handle, essentially breaking it just to shut it off.

Stress can be a very real part of life for seniors, especially when they worry about their own safety at home. Nancy’s daughter sat down to talk to her about hiring a home care aide to help out. Since Nancy’s daughter couldn’t be there for her during the day due to her job, it made sense to rely on home care to provide comfort and help her get up and down the stairs, keep the house in good condition, and reduce at least a good portion of the stress she was feeling. It certainly did help and Nancy felt the stress begin to evaporate slowly from her life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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