How Can You Talk to Your Senior about Using Mobility Assistance?

How Can You Talk to Your Senior about Using Mobility Assistance?
Mobility assistance devices are a great way to help your elderly family member to improve her mobility and to get around safely, both at home and when she's out in public. But for your aging family member, this can translate to something that makes her feel old and infirm, so it can be tough to talk about it.

Do Your Own Research First

Before you broach the topic of using mobility devices with your aging adult, do your own research first. Are you talking about something simple like a cane or does your senior need something more complicated, like a scooter? This type of distinction is going to make a big difference when you get right down to the heart of the conversation.

Pick Your Time Wisely

If your aging family member is already frustrated or upset, now is probably not the time to bring up this idea. Likewise if she's preoccupied or upset about something else. Timing does make a big difference, so you want to look for opportunities that allow you to bring up this conversation in the gentlest and most loving way possible.

Be Honest about What You're Seeing

It's difficult to tell your senior that you're worried about her, but you have to be honest about what you're seeing. If she's experiencing balance issues or she's staying in one spot all day because it's too difficult to move, then something needs to change. Using mobility aids can help her to maneuver safely throughout her home. Some of them, such as a scooter, might be something that she reserves for public when she's conserving her energy.

Stress that You Want to Help Her Stay Independent

Your senior might express a belief that this makes her dependent on these devices. It's really important to point out to her that these items can actually help her to maintain her independence. Using some of them on a trial basis might help her to see how they can help her to become more mobile. She might even find that they're easier to use than she might have thought.

Using mobility assistance is an opportunity for your aging family member to get the help that she needs while also being able to rely on herself. If it's difficult for her to learn to use these types of devices, elderly care providers can help her to become more accustomed to using them on a daily basis.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Sugarhouse, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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