When you have an aging parent that starts to have problems with mobility and moving around, you may feel quite helpless and concerned. After all, people need to be able to navigate and move about their homes in order to live a fulfilling life. However, just because your parent is having mobility issues doesn't mean they are doomed to be confined, to fall and have injuries, or anything of the sort. There are steps you can take to help your parent with mobility issues around their home. Get to know some of these steps to help them be happier and safer in their home. Then, you can start making changes right away.
Remove Clutter from Floors
Clutter on the floors is a major problem when someone has difficulties with mobility. Oftentimes, people with mobility issues use canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to get around. These things as well as the person's feet can get caught in clutter, causing falls or general difficulties and injuries. Also, people walking with these assistive devices often need more space to move around than people without them.
As such, remove that floor clutter. This includes throw rugs and the like that can get bunched up or turn up causing a person to get caught on the corners or edges. Make sure there are clear and unobstructed paths to important places like the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, as well as easy access to seating in the living room.
Get a Power Recliner
Muscle weakness is often a big part of mobility issues in older adults. This does not just affect them while they are up and moving. It also affects them being able to get up from bed or from a seated position.
One of the ways you can help with this issue is to invest in a power recliner. Power recliners are also known as lift recliners. When a person is ready to get up and get out of the chair, they press a button and the chair will lift up and tilt gently forward. This allows them to get up and out of the recliner from an almost standing position.
Using a power recliner takes the pressure off of the muscles and joints and prevents a person from getting stuck in a seat or from falling while trying to stand from a seated position. Replace their favorite seat in the living room with a comfortable power recliner and your parent will find that moving around and getting up is much less of a strain than it was before.
Now that you know a few of the house changes to make when your aging parent has mobility issues, you can get started right away.Share