Is Your Senior Struggling with Mobility Issues?

Mobility issues are some of the most common difficulties elderly adults face during their later years. As a family caregiver, however, you should know these challenges are not always easy to detect. While you might think you would automatically know if your parent is struggling with mobility issues such as difficulty moving around, balance problems, or lack of range of motion, it isn’t always obvious. Paying close attention to your elderly parent, their condition, and their behaviors can illuminate indications of these challenges that allow you to make changes to their surroundings and their care. This will help to reduce the risk of potentially serious injuries that could be detrimental to your parent’s health, safety, and quality of life as they age.

Home Care in Stuart FL: Struggling with Mobility Issues

Home Care in Stuart FL: Struggling with Mobility Issues

Some signs that may indicate your senior is struggling with mobility issues include:

  • Falls, even if they seem minor. Everyone falls occasionally, but if your parent falls two or more times in a year, it could be a sign of something much more serious.
  • Avoiding stairs in their home, or in other situations. Your parent might try not to go to homes or other locations with stairs, or make excuses to avoid stairs if they encounter them. This is because they feel insecure on them, and worry they may fall.
  • Taking longer to sit down, or stand up. Having difficulties with these movements could indicate struggles with muscle and joint weakness or lack of flexibility and range of motion.
  • Demonstrating trouble with balance, such as reaching out to hold onto things, or holding onto you when they are moving around.
  • Avoiding exercise, or making excuses for not being physically active.
  • Not bathing as frequently because of their difficulty getting into and out of the tub.

 

Safety is a critical focus for you as a family caregiver. You want to feel confident your senior can enjoy their home, as well as outings and experiences outside of their home, while staying as safe as possible. There are many ways you can do this, but starting home care for them can be one of the most beneficial. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure they have access to the care they need, when they need it. When it comes to safety, this can include helping your parent evaluate their surroundings and make adjustments, assistance with mobility issues such as helping them get up and down the stairs and bathe safely, and ensuring their home is secure. These services allow your parent to navigate their home, feel more secure, and enjoy a higher quality of life as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stuart, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.