What Every Caregiver Should Know for Senior Care During Autumn
Now that fall is here, you are likely looking forward to celebrating the upcoming holidays with your aging relatives. Seniors may need more assistance, but they look forward to the time with family and the joy it brings. Give them more to look forward to by keeping their safety in mind as the seasons change.
– Take the time to pick up leaves
Whether your senior relative lives with you or in their own home, grab a rake and get the leaves. Leaves can become very slippery when they’ve become wet with rain or morning dew. Don’t leave an accident waiting to happen by leaving piles of leaves all over the yard.
On those rainy days, try to reschedule activities or move them indoors. Seniors have a more difficult time keeping balance. You can also make sure they have sturdy shoes that provide plenty of support, comfort, and grip to keep their feet steady on the ground.
– Prevent wherever possible
While the pandemic has given everyone cause for caution, flu is another one to watch out for that puts the elderly at a greater risk of serious complications. It’s a great idea to take the seniors in your family to get their annual flu shot to protect them. Make sure they have access to soap and water or hand sanitizer when there’s nowhere to wash up and don’t bring them around anyone that is ill.
– Keep tabs on living spaces
While you’re busy in the yard making sure leaves and water aren’t creating danger zones, don’t forget to check indoors. In particular, having the heating unit inspected and cleaned will provide plenty of peace of mind when the temperatures become unbearably cold. Older folks are more susceptible to cold. Don’t wait for snowstorm to come through only to find out that the heater won’t work at your elderly relative’s home!
– Help them be their best
Seniors enjoy their independence and if they want to keep it that way, the best thing you can do is engage with senior services that help them stay healthy and strong. Osteopathy can help them stay more flexible and mobile while acupuncture can reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling.
For seniors with injuries or chronic pains, physiotherapy can help them move without pain. These options are all wonderful for ensuring the health of your aging loved one. Instead of running them all over town to tons of appointments, contact In Your Home Therapy. We come to your home at your convenience with professional therapy services to keep everyone you love safe and healthy.