As your elderly family member ages, even simple activities like getting to the bathroom safely can be a big concern. Making sure that your senior gets to the toilet as safely as possible might be easier than you suspected. The one big tool that you might want to put into use is just being a little more prepared.
Scan Regularly for Clutter and Obstacles
The best way to stay on top of clutter and obstacles that can create tripping hazards for your aging adult is to set up regular times to actively look for issues. When you do this, you’re focusing directly on that potential problem and keeping a handle on it before it gets to be too big of an issue. Bring a basket or bin with you so that you can collect clutter and take it back where it belongs.
Encourage Your Senior to Use Assistive Devices
Many seniors are reluctant to use assistive devices such as walkers or canes at home. Your elderly family member might feel as if it’s clunky or unnecessary, but these devices help her to get where she’s going safely. And if she’s in need of the bathroom, she might not be as steady on her feet as she’d like to be.
Walk with Her at Her Own Pace
If you’re accompanying your senior to the bathroom, remember to walk with her at her own pace. If you rush her, she’s more susceptible to a fall. Don’t worry about holding onto her, either. Stay close and be ready to offer a steadying hand but don’t interfere if you can help it. You might want to consider hiring elderly care providers who can show you the best ways to help your senior when you’re walking with her.
Consider Scheduling Bathroom Trips
One way to eliminate a bit of potential urgency is to schedule some bathroom trips. If you can start noticing patterns in your senior’s bathroom visits, such as needing to go an hour or so after eating, then you can help her to anticipate these trips. Even if these trips aren’t productive right away, they still give your senior an opportunity to get safely to the bathroom without being in a rush.
Your senior might also benefit from having additional lighting on the way to the bathroom. Night lights or motion-sensitive lighting can help to ensure that she can easily see where she’s going, especially if she’s feeling some urgency.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.
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