Northern Virginia Senior Home Care Blog

How Many Ways Does Your Senior Have Trouble Getting Around?

By Packy Poon

When it comes to assessing your senior’s mobility concerns, there’s a lot for you to pay attention to in her everyday activities. You’ll want to look at her ability to remain physically mobile without losing her balance or becoming injured as well as other factors.

Getting up and Down from Chairs

One type of mobility problem involves having trouble getting up from a seated or lying position and then sitting back down. This is most common if your elderly family member has joint or muscle problems that limit her capabilities. This might be something that she can improve with exercise or physical therapy, but she may need assistive devices as well.

Walking around Inside

As your elderly family member walks around indoors, does she have trouble keeping her footing? If balance is an issue for her, she may lean heavily on furniture and walls to help her to get around. She may even opt not to move around much, as a means of hiding her nervousness about walking around.

Walking around Outside

When your elderly family member is walking around outside or in public, does she have trouble doing so without wobbling or other difficulties? Your elderly family member may even opt to stay home more often because of her difficulties with outdoor mobility.

Navigating Stairs

Pay attention to how your senior handles stairs. If she avoids them or takes quite a bit of time stabilizing herself on each step that can point to problems. Avoiding stairs in her own home may prove quite difficult, especially if her bedroom is on one level and the main living areas are on another. Stair lifts can be one solution as can other tools, such as additional hand rails or revamped stair treads.

Driving

In addition to her personal mobility issues, it’s also essential for you to evaluate your elderly family member’s ability to remain mobile in other ways, too. If she’s showing difficulty with driving or she’s stopped, you need to find a solution for her. Home care services can be a perfect transportation option, especially if they’re already helping her with other issues at the same time.

Your senior’s doctor is an excellent first step in determining how affected your elderly family member is by these issues. But you have to look at practical solutions at home for her, too. Home care providers can help you to not only assess how safe your senior is in light of these issues but also help her to correct these issues.

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