Keeping a senior safe when mobility is an issue
May 4, 2011
Many older adults may suffer from impaired mobility as they age, whether due to frailty, an injury or chronic condition, and keeping them safe often requires an enormous amount of effort from family members.
Such is the case of 55-year-old Sherry Kudingo in Florida, who is caring for her 86-year-old mother, Ella, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Ella fought lung cancer and now has emphysema. She has been on oxygen for the past four years.
"My mom can't even walk to the mailbox," Kudingo told the publication.
Those who are caring for older parents who have impaired mobility may also want to consider installing a medical alarm system in a home. This device can be used to send a personal emergency response message if one requires assistance, which can be especially important if an older adult suffers a fall at a home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three Americans over the age of 65 suffer from a fall each year and these events can often lead to broken hips that require the care of a nursing home or permanently restrict movement.