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Is it Time to Talk to Your Senior about Mobility Tools?

Anything that helps your senior to improve her mobility is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean that she’s going to be excited to use any of these devices. You might be surprised at how resistant she is.

Plan This Talk Carefully

Elderly Care Havana, FL: Senior’s and Mobility

How and when you have this talk is a big part of how successful it’s going to be. If you’re not prepared or if you forge ahead when your senior is in a bad mood, you’re not going to get the results that you hope to get. Do all the research that you can and look for ways to share what you’re trying to say in the best way that you possibly can.

Gather Some Data
As you’re gathering data, that’s going to cover a lot of ground. First, has her doctor recommended any specific tools yet? Her doctor might have mentioned that she would benefit from a cane or from using a walker. Next, you need to make some observations. Are you noticing that your elderly family member seems to have trouble getting up or that she’s losing her balance often? These are details you need to note and connect to how the mobility tool could help.

Be Open and Loving about What You’ve Noticed
When it’s time to talk, you need to share what you’ve learned and what you’ve observed but how you do that is going to matter. If you drop facts on her in a dry and unemotional way, that’s not going to go over well. If you go too far in the opposite direction, though, she might dismiss your concerns as being overly emotional. You’re trying to strike a balance and arrive at loving and honest.

This Is about Keeping Her as Independent as Possible
Stress to your senior that you’re not trying to take away her independence or hinder her movements in any way. It’s often easy for aging adults to equate using mobility tools of all sorts with losing their ability to do as much as they have in the past. In the reality, being more stable and more mobile is going to help your elderly family member to continue to do more on her own.

One mobility tool you might not have considered as such is the help of elderly care providers. Elderly care providers can take over so many difficult tasks for your senior as well as provide help with transportation and assistance moving around and getting used to using devices like canes.

Excerpt: Mobility tools are fantastic, but your senior might be reluctant to use them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.