A crucial part of growing older is to live a life with dignity. A crucial element that factors into such a life is definitely the ability to maintain an individual’s independence and privacy. For most older adults, having the option of choosing where they live and staying in the home they have created is an essential part of their welfare. In fact, over 13 million people who are over 65 years old still live alone.
However, older individuals are also more susceptible to risks of injury or scams that can severely impact their quality of life. If you or someone else you know is living alone, it is important to highlight the risks and take measures to mitigate or prevent them.
Reducing Fall Hazards
Falls are one of the most common injuries that older adults face at home. While they are generally brushed off in our younger years, more than three million seniors have to make a trip to the emergency room due to injuries sustained from falls. Having a serious fall can not only limit a person’s mobility and participation in everyday activities but can also cause an ingrained fear when getting around post-recovery.
It is important to remove any tripping hazards like uneven carpets, loose floorboards, or even messy wires. If possible, it is also beneficial to install railings and slip-proof flooring in areas that are commonly used or will get wet. It might also be helpful to introduce a fall monitoring device that can be worn by your loved one to ensure that an emergency contact can be notified if a fall occurs. This can be lifesaving in the event your loved one is unconscious or unable to reach their phone or medical alert system.
Introduce Emergency Help Protocols
As we are on the topic of medical alert systems, it is also important to set up care systems in the event that your loved one is unable to contact help. Left unnoticed, they may be stuck for several hours or even a few days if they do not have constant visitors or housemates. Medical alert systems tend to have wireless remotes that can be easily carried around and activated whenever they need help.
On top of this, it is good to get to know your neighbors and implement security measures like a burglar alarm system or surveillance system to further protect you and your loved ones from intruders or scammers.
It is easy to focus solely on the physical health of your parent or loved one, but mental well-being can be just as concerning and impactful. For many people who live alone, especially after the passing of a spouse or loved one, they can start to face social isolation. While it is normal to be alone at certain points in your life, it is not good to be lonely for prolonged periods of time. Whether it is encouraging them to participate in community events or checking in often with visits or calls, older adults must continue to have meaningful interactions with others.
Get The Best Of Senior Living With Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh
At our senior living community here in Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh, we help older adults enjoy a carefree life with as much activity and independence that they want. This not just means helping when extra assistance is needed, it also means making sure that you and your loved ones will no longer have to worry about the nitty-gritty of household maintenance or chores and that you will have well-designed amenities that are senior-centric and close to your apartment.