Prevent an elderly friend or relative from becoming reclusive and you could save their life

If you have an elderly friend or relative who is struggling to safely get out and about due to reduced mobilty and is spending more time on their own at home you may be asking yourself what you can do to help them. This article looks at some easy and affordable solutions.

As we grow into old age our ability to move reduces. The consequence of this for many old people can be a reduction in trips out of the home. Elderly people are often quite lonely due to the loss of a husband or wife. Reduced mobility coupled with loneliness can lead to reclusiveness.

This is a potentially dangerous digression because the risk of serious injury resulting from an accident or fall is increased when there is no-one around to help. If you have an elderly friend or relative that is at high risk of injury or even death due to isolation and poor mobility, it’s important that you help them to help themselves.

Mobility aids and fall prevention aids

There are tools that can be used to help with everyday tasks: tools that may help save the life of an elderly person. High risk scenarios include getting in and out of the bath or shower, where slippery surfaces are a health hazard; walking to the local shop, where dulled senses and frail limbs can be a major risk when, for example, crossing a busy road.

It’s in these high risk scenarios that elderly people may need the most aid to help reduce the possibility of an accident occurring.

Grab rails are a good example of simple tools that can help elderly people transition from standing to sitting and visa versa, when having a bath. An inexpensive suction padded grab rail can be attached to a tiled bathroom wall with ease and can make a big difference for an elderly person trying to get in and out of a bath independently.

There is also a handy ‘grab bar’ that can be easily attached and removed from the side of a car. This makes getting in and out of the car much easier, for people who struggle with this task.

Walking for any length of time can be a major struggle for very elderly people. Often, regular rests are required, even on just short walks. Painful or weak limbs can struggle to support weight for too long without resting. A simple mobility aid such as a walking frame or rollator can be a massive help in keeping elderly people mobile and independent.

A rollator is a metal frame with wheels and usually brakes and a section for both sitting and storing shopping. The Consortium Rollator is a great example of an affordable mobility aid that gives the user the freedom to walk and sit when required. It has easy to use brakes, a comfortable, easy access seatArticle Search, and a bag to hold items to take the stress off of the user.

 

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By Chris Boyle: To learn all about elderly aids to living products and mobility equipment, visit CA‘s website today. If you have a question, please contact their professional support for any specialist advice you might need.

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