Make a senior's home sae for peace of mind
Brought to you by todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care
Its not always easy to understand the
physical limitations that could make
home a virtual minefield for an aging
parent. Sensory changes that come with
age often affect an older adults lifestyle
as well. Its a domino effect that might
make a senior vulnerable to safety
issues in the home.
Consider yourself in your elder loves
ones shoes. As time goes on, the effects
of aging could impact all senses.
Sight: By the time someone is 60, pupils
decrease to about one-third the
size they were at age 20. Add to that
aging-related eye conditions such as
cataracts and macular degeneration
for instance, that could make it more
difficult to see a throw rug, safely
use a knife to cut an apple or take the
proper dose of medication.
Taste: We start out with about 9,000
taste buds. They decrease in both
number and mass with aging.
Smell: Sense of smell can diminish,
especially after age 70, because of loss
of nerve endings and less mucus in
Touch: Decreased blood flow to nerve
endings as we age reduces the sense
of pain and temperature and makes it
easier to drop things.
Hearing: Our ears control hearing and
sense of balance, both of which can be
compromised as we age.
Counteract the effects of aging by
being proactive and take a least one day
each year to perform a safety check of
their loved ones home. As Todd Barth,
owner of Home Instead Senior Care of
Hillsboro says, Observing the safety
hazards in a seniors home is one thing.
Living with them is another. Our goal
is to help the whole family understand
how to make a home safe allowing the
entire family to have peace of mind.
1400 NE 48th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124