Caregivers for Aging Veterans
As people get older they begin to deal with a number of physical challenges and limitations. An elderly loved one will likely experience less strength and a loss of muscle mass. This often makes it more difficult for them to get around safely. Having physical challenges can make it more difficult to get up and down the stairs safely.
For veterans, relying a professional home care provider can be a great way to help them remain safe at home. This is especially true for aging veterans, whether they are in the 70s, 80s, or 90s.
Keeping a veteran safe is often a top priority for loved ones. June is National Safety Month and there are many things an experienced caregiver can do to help the aging veteran remain safe and comfortable within their own home environment.
Encourage physical activity. Getting exercise on a regular basis is one of the best ways to maintain as much muscle as possible. Most doctors recommend that even elderly individuals get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. This can be in the form of a brisk walk, doing calisthenics, taking part in yoga, or anything else. By getting exercise, the senior will help to maintain strength in their legs and that can keep them safer when walking around or even climbing up and down stairs.
Offering physical support. For an aging veteran who may have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, getting dressed, or even taking a shower, relying on a professional caregiver can help them remain safe while doing these various activities.
Checking for various hazards around the house. An experienced caregiver would likely understand the various hazards that can exist throughout any house. Some of those hazards could be in the form of tripping hazards, such as a box that was left in the corner of the kitchen, an end table in the middle of the hallway, or even clothing that was left on the floor in the bedroom.
There are numerous hazards that exist in just about every house throughout the United States. Most of the time people don’t think much about them because they have their regular strength, balance, and agility. A senior who has diminished strength will be at an increased risk of tripping and falling over various hazards.
Keeping aging veterans safe is possible when you rely on professional home care services.
For more information and to learn about caregivers for aging veterans, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.