Whether you have been caring for your parent for years or you are just getting started on your caregiver journey with them, one thing that you have likely heard a considerable amount about is fall risk. Elderly adults are at far greater risk of experiencing falls and more vulnerable to suffering serious injuries as a result of these falls than are younger adults, making being aware of this risk and doing what you can to reduce it an important part of the care that you give your parent on a regular basis.
But what about you? As their family caregiver, does fall risk impact you as well?
The answer is yes. Fall risk is not just about your parent and their potential for falling and injuring themselves. In the course of the care that you give them, you should be aware of your own fall risk and how it can impact your health and safety, and the care that you give your senior each day.
Some of the fall risks that caregivers face include:
- Obstacles throughout a parent’s home, including loose floor coverings and decorative items,
- Slippery conditions when helping with certain tasks, particularly bathing and cleaning,
- Instability or balance issues that can occur when offering physical support and assistance to your parent when they are walking, transferring, bathing, or performing other physical tasks,
- Climbing or reaching to access items that are stored out of the way,
- Experiencing a fall with your parent if they attempt to use you for support or balance when falling and you cannot correct them fast enough.
Starting elderly care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to boost their quality of life, support more activity and independence, and encourage greater health and well-being as they age in place. For you as a family caregiver, an elderly home care services provider can offer additional benefits.
The highly personalized services of a care provider can fill any care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you put forth for your parent, ensuring that all of their needs are met even if you have personal challenges and limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill them in the way that they need and deserve.
This can not only allow you to take a step back and handle other needs and obligations in your life, but also focus the energy and attention that you can give to your parent in the most effective and beneficial way possible. This can ease your stress and create a more meaningful and beneficial relationship for both of you.