Mom didn’t take her medicine properly, and as a result, she’s back in the hospital. Dad had a bad fall while trying to reach the cupboard above the stove.
Avoidable or inevitable? You can prevent situations like these with diligent planning and care. Don’t wait until there’s an incident to get help.
Take preventive measures to keep loved ones safe
Accidents and health issues aren’t always preventable. But many are. In some cases, the outcome is worse without preventive care–such as a senior falling and needing hip surgery due to a lack of help at home.
Preventive care can also mean picking up on cues that hint of impending illness. For example, hiring a caregiver to help Mom or Dad with household chores could put that person in the position to recognize symptoms of Alzheimer’s or changes in behavior.
Take action before there’s a problem–even if it’s minimal–and you lessen the chance of serious results down the road.
Address potential issues now to keep your wallet happy
Preventive care comes with many health benefits, but it can also keep costs down. Avoiding a fall by having someone help out at home could save you thousands of dollars in medical bills and prescriptions, especially if you don’t have insurance. Regular medical care can also run up a much higher tab than intermittent non-medical care.
Sometimes preventive care means eating better, finding ways to exercise, or staying mentally sharp. At Nurse Next Door, we believe in ‘Happier Aging’, which means helping seniors get back to doing the things they used to love to do. Senior home care to us, isn’t just about reacting to situations and meeting needs: it’s also about preventing future problems with companionship, personal care, and household help.
If everyone could receive care earlier instead of waiting for something to happen, they might experience less of a negative impact. Build a great relationship with a caregiver to lower risk before something happens. Senior home care doesn’t need to start with an incident!