Senior Care Services Protect Against Top Home Health Risks
Aging in place is a beautiful thing, but your loved one’s comfort and independence should never come at the expense of their safety.
Today’s post highlights the top-5 risks that seniors face in the home, and how they’re all mitigated by ABC British Columbia’s senior care services.
Top-5 Risks Facing Seniors at Home
- Isolation. Humans are social beings, which is why more seniors endorse social engagement than physical health when describing the keys to successful aging (Golden et al., 2009, p. 694). And it’s also why “solitary confinement” is one of the most severe punishments in prison. Obviously, aging in place should feel like a joy and a privilege, not a punishment.Nevertheless, seniors around the country continue to live in relative isolation. And they’re suffering as a result. According to the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, isolation has been linked to a wide variety of adverse health outcomes in older age, ranging from physical health problems to depression and self-harm (Golden et al., 2009, p. 694).There is clear evidence for the health-promoting effects of social relationships, and with modern senior care services, there’s no reason why your loved one shouldn’t get these benefits.Both our companionship and home helper packages include a variety of stimulating social activities in addition to all regular senior care services. Play games, reminisce about the past, attend social events together, and anything else your loved one needs to fight off negative feelings of isolation.
- Slip-and-fall hazards. Slip-induced falls are one of the main factors causing serious fracture injuries among the elderly. 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 suffer a serious fall each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.To help reduce the risk of falling, assess the home environment and address any potential hazards. Tangled cords, loose rugs, and poor lighting are all common contributors to slip and fall injuries. A bit of light housekeeping and home maintenance can go a long way. But if your loved one lives far away, or struggles to maintain the home on their own due to chronic pain or mobility issues, senior care services can help!
- Poor nutrition. The prevalence of malnutrition is shocking, especially when so much research has linked poor nutrition with frailty (Artaza-Artabe et al., 2016). And yet, seniors across Canada continue to go without adequate fresh foods.Shopping, preparing meals, and cleaning up can be challenging as we age, but senior care services can help. In addition to other home care tasks, BC British Columbia’s home helpers can retrieve and prepare fresh foods that fit your aging parents’ budget and preferences, and thereby mitigate the risks of malnutrition.
- Missed medication. Seniors who live at home on their own are at much greater risk of missing or mismanaging their medication. This is especially for those living with forgetfulness and dementia. To mitigate these risks, Always Best Care British Columbia includes full medication management, pick-up, and monitoring as part of our standard senior care services.
- Scams. Scammers often target older populations because they usually have more money in the bank and less of the “technological savvy” that would cause them to question suspicious emails and phone calls.ABC British Columbia’s senior home care services scam-proof your loved one by overseeing deliveries and visits from door-to-door solicitors, and also monitor phone and email correspondence as necessary.
Learn more about senior care services in British Columbia at https://www.alwaysbestcarecanada.ca/ca/british-columbia/care-services/in-home-care/
Artaza-Artabe, I., Sáez-López, P., Sánchez-Hernández, N., Fernández-Gutierrez, N., &Malafarina, V. (2016). The relationship between nutrition and frailty: Effects of protein intake, nutritional supplementation, vitamin D and exercise on muscle metabolism in the elderly. A systematic review. Maturitas, 93, 89-99.
Golden, J., Conroy, R. M., Bruce, I., Denihan, A., Greene, E., Kirby, M., &Lawlor, B. A. (2009). Loneliness, social support networks, mood and wellbeing in community‐dwelling elderly. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: A journal of the psychiatry of late life and allied sciences, 24(7), 694-700.