As we age we begin to lose of lot of our mobility. Whether you’re just noticing the onset of weakness in your legs, your joints are beginning to ache or you need full assistance to get through the day, we have a few suggestions for you or your loved ones. There are numerous mobility aids on the market today and we have put together a list of some great devices.
- Walking aids: There are a few different kinds of walking aids- the most popular being a cane and a two-wheeled walker. Both of these can help a great deal, however if you’re needing a little more assistance, a two-wheeled walker is far more supportive and effective.
- Shoes: This may seem like a no-brainer but the kind of shoe you’re wearing can highly impact your mobility. Be sure your shoes are comfortable, supportive and not worn out. Worn out shoes can likely become a hazard.
- Stair lifts: Stair lifts are becoming increasingly popular among seniors with 2 story homes to allow them to safely move from one floor to the next. Over one million Americans over the last year have suffered an injury on the stairs- the stair lift can easily help prevent injury to you or your loved one.
- Understand your limits: There are many devices to aid in your mobility, but the bottom line is that you need to be conscious of your body’s limits.
How we can help: If you or your loved on have limited mobility, we can assist in many different ways. We’re here to help you retain your independence as much as possible by coming into your home to assist you. We also help in:
- Grooming: From shaving to bathing, our caregivers are properly trained to help you or your loved one get in and out of the tub, assist at the commode and even provide assistance dressing.
- Mobility Assistance: Our knowledgeable staff can transfer clients from beds to wheelchairs or other seating options to prevent injury to you or your loved one.
- Dietary Support: Clients who have limited mobility have difficulty fixing their meals. We ensure that our clients are prepared well balanced meals in order to stay strong and healthy.
- Increased Safety: Keeping your home clutter and hazard free is very important. We make certain our client’s homes are as safe as possible to prevent a possible slip or fall.
- Companionship: It’s hard for many seniors with limited mobility to socialize. Having a caregiver come into your home gives you conversation and social interaction which is a great way to avoid reduced emotional health.
- Errand Running: Many of our clients no longer drive so our caregivers run errands for them. We can do everything from grocery shopping, to picking up prescriptions to make your life easier and limit your stress.
If you, your loved one, or someone you know is living at home and needs assistance with daily tasks, let one of our experienced and trained caregivers care for you! Give us a call at 520-344-7711 to find out how you’ll love the way we care for you!
We’re going to share of number of things you can do to recognize and remove hazards in your loved one’s bathroom. This is a very common place for falls since your loved one is either getting in and out of the bathtub or using the toilet.
- Always leave a light on at night. If you don’t want to leave the light on, make sure the bathroom has a motion activated nightlight.
- Clearly mark the faucets as “cold” and “hot” to avoid scalding. You may also want to ensure that the water temperature is no higher than 120 degrees.
- Use anti-slip mats in and around the tub to avoid slipping.
- Install a bath aid bar to help getting in and out of the bathtub easier. You may also want to ensure the bottom of the bathtub is coated with a non-slip material.
- Although walk-in showers/tub are a little pricey, they are definitely a good investment to help eliminate slips and falls in and out of the tub.
- Pick up any loose laying rugs in the bathroom. Not only can rugs easily cause a slip, but if your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, the rug causes a great deal of difficulty under the wheels.
- Install a support bar by the toilet to aid in getting up and down easier.
These are just a few things we can do to help making the time spent in the bathroom easier and much safer for our loved ones. If you have any questions, or would like a free home safety check, give us a call at 520-344-7711.
~Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare
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Getting ready for the New Year can be challenging and stressful… We typically set goals with things in mind we’d like to accomplish and most of us make New Year’s resolutions- some that are easily obtained and others that may be very hard to accomplish. We suggest keeping things as simple as possible to avoid overwhelming yourself. For our seniors, we recommend some healthy goals and resolutions.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, add some whole grains and low fat dairy options.
- Don’t skip your doctor appointments- Seeing your provider on a regular basis allows you to stay on top of your health.
- Try a multivitamin- Over the counter multivitamins are a great way to help supplement some of the nutrients your body may be missing.
- Be active (or as active as you are able to be).
- Avoid falls- Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in seniors. Talk to your provider about any medications you are taking that may cause you dizziness or make you more likely to fall. Insert grab bars and a shower chair in your tub or shower along with night lights through your home. If you think your home needs a safety check, give us a call! We will come to your home and conduct a safety check for free!
- Stay mentally active- Try word puzzles, spend some time reading, or maybe join a local bridge or bingo club.
- Stay socially active- The bingo club mentioned above is a great way to stay socially active- The local Elks Lodge in Green Valley hosts a fun afternoon of Bingo every Tuesday at 1 pm- we highly recommend checking it out- We’ve had a great time playing and have had the opportunity to make some awesome friends as well! You may also enjoy volunteering at the local animal shelter or the White Elephant. You may also try becoming involved in a local church of your preference.
- Try a new hobby- Grab a canvas, some paint and a brush to create your own masterpiece. Maybe try different kinds of arts and crafts… Tucson hosts a ‘paint night’ every week or so that is incredibly fun and rather inexpensive. Grab a friend or family member to enjoy a night a painting with great company.
If you’re setting a New Year’s resolution this year, be sure it’s something achievable and don’t get down on yourself if you find that it sometimes becomes a bit challenging- remind yourself how important this goal may be to you and why you’re doing it to help you stay on track. If you have any questions or would like more information about anything in this post, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Here’s to making 2019 a great year!
Southern Arizona Eldercare
We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We’d love to especially let our clients, their families and our caregivers know how valuable and special they are to us! We hope everyone’s holiday is filled with love and joy!
Cheers! Southern Arizona Eldercare