If you have ever suffered an injury that has affected your mobility, you know how absolutely frustrating and overwhelming it can be to not have your body respond the way you want it to. Your elderly loved one is probably experiencing that feeling on a daily basis if immobility issues have become a concern. BrightStar Care, experts in home health in Orlando, remind you that patience is an important part in providing assistance to an aging friend or loved one who is experiencing mobility challenges.
There is a big difference between wanting to be of assistance and being able to be of assistance. Providing mobility support for an elderly loved one requires that you are confident in what you are capable of doing to help them move safely from one place to another. You must honestly assess your own health and strength. Are you in good enough shape to provide a quick response time if your loved one should start to fall while you are aiding them? Do you have a good range of motion and the flexibility that may be required to negotiate tight spaces? Can you provide enough support to help them move without putting yourself at risk for a fall? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you should consider hiring a home healthcare worker.
The reality of living with your aging parent or relative is that you must accept the decline in health of someone that you spent your life thinking of as strong and invincible. You need to truthfully accept the limitations they face so that you can provide the highest quality assistance without forcing them to do something they are no longer capable of accomplishing. The phrase “No pain, no gain” should never be applied when rendering mobility assistance as more harm than good can result. This is especially true if the immobility issue is a result of recent injury and they are still in the recuperative stage.
Assisting an elderly loved one who is a fall risk requires tremendous understanding and patience as they are no doubt going to argue that they are fine without your help or that of a walker or cane. Tensions and emotions can run high which can become very unpleasant for both of you. Home health in Orlando from BrightStar Care can provide the skilled care needed to help. Call us at 407-877-0720 for more information.