Getting older is a fact of life, and it’s an unfortunate fact that as we get older our bodies don’t work quite as well as they used to when we were twenty. I’m sure we all know elderly relatives who aren’t quite as spry as they used to be – so it’s important to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re still able to go about their day-to-day routines despite coming across difficulties with their movement.
Problems they can come across can be a real detriment to people’s mental health – imagine how you’d feel if all of a sudden you weren’t able to climb your own stairs. It’s always important to reach out to anyone you think may be struggling as they could be too stubborn to let you know they’re having a hard time.
Here are a few tips to help you care for your elderly relative, friend or even neighbour – it’s always good to lend a hand to people in need!
Noticing the warning signs
First of all, you’ve got to be able to spot the problem if you haven’t been told about it already. There are a few indicative signs that someone may be struggling with their mobility like:
- Difficulty getting up and down – anything from the stairs to chairs.
- Issues with their balance – If they’re walking is a touch more erratic or unsteady then this is a key indicator.
- Ill kept house/appearance – a subtler sign, but if the upkeep of their personal hygiene is something that seems to have slipped this could be due to it being difficult for them to keep on top of it due to mobility issues.
The biggest sign of all though is that if they suffer a fall. Should this happen and you’re lucky enough that they don’t suffer a serious injury it’s crucial that you give them better care in the future.
Look into mobility aids
Luckily, there are plenty of things on the market nowadays to help the elderly with getting from point A to point B – whether it be a stairlift of a cane! If they are someone who isn’t ready to give up their daily routine and is adamant about being able to go the shops whenever they please then it’s worth getting them a mobility scooter – Pro Rider Mobility have plenty of options in this area to help the elderly keep their independence.
Research professional care in your area
Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of being able to take time off work to help the elderly so it’s worth looking into the carers in your area. Being able to organise a schedule whereby a carer can visit their home and check up on them to make sure that they’re okay and that they are properly cared for then they don’t have to move out of their own home.
Sometimes, though, it is worth looking into care homes if the problem has gotten too extreme to cope with. It’s sad to have to do this, but sometimes, with cases like dementia, it’s important that they’re given round-the-clock care.
Following this guide should hopefully help you and your elderly friend solve their problem – there are plenty of resources out there, like from the NHS, to give you more insight should you need it!
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