If you have a senior in your family, you may be concerned about him or her living alone. Learning some of the common risks that seniors face when living alone can help you determine whether your loved one needs in-home care:
Slip and Falls
Falls are a big concern for seniors. Broken bones, dislocated joints, head injuries, cuts, and bruises are all potential outcomes of falls, and if no one is there to help after the fall, seniors face complications from dehydration, bleeding, high blood pressure, and stress from the pain. The effects of the fall could be as devastating as the fall itself is.
Another risk for seniors who don't have in-home care or assistance is medication errors. It's possible for a senior to over medicate himself, not take enough medication, take it at the wrong time, or not follow instructions medication storage. Potentially deadly side effects can arise from medication errors.
Lack of Nutrition
Seniors don't always eat as well as they should. They may underestimate the number of calories they need or mindlessly snack on junk food, leaving no appetite for healthy, nutritious meals. Elderly people need to follow a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, which can be a challenge for someone living alone.
Lack of Hygiene
Seniors without any home care services may find it hard to practice good hygiene habits, or they may forget their daily cleansing routines. It is very important for seniors to remember to wash their hands, brush their teeth, take regular showers, and properly clean themselves after using the restroom. Not doing this could lead to health and sanitation issues.
If you are looking for in-home care or senior assistance for your loved one, contact Home Helpers in the Philadelphia area. We can provide the home care services your family needs. Call us at (877) 494-9090 to learn more about our senior assistance services.