Have your parents recently been injured? If your parents are in their later years, this can be one of the first signs that they are starting to lose their independence. With that in mind, here are some of the key steps that you should take.
The first step is always to think about the cause of the injury and why it happened. Usually, an injury is going to be an accident but this is not always the case. You have to consider the reality that someone could be responsible for the injury and it might not have been your parent’s fault. If that’s the case then you should consider pursuing action to ensure that they can get the right compensation. Particularly if the injury is going to cause changes to their life.
Usually, this will be the case. Most of the time elderly individuals are going to sustain an injury in their own home. The reason for this is that this is where they are usually alone and have the most independence. If they are injured at home, then you need to consider whether you can make changes to the property to make it safer. For instance, a key problem area could be the stairs. You might want to think about setting up a stairlift to avoid the risk of any trips or falls. You can also think about adding grab rails to the bathroom.
Next, you should consider whether your elderly parent can live comfortably in their own home. This might not be possible anymore, particularly if this isn’t the first time that they have been injured. It could even be better for them to move into a care home. An elderly parent can be reluctant to do this but it can be the right decision, particularly if they are living by themselves. Alternatively, you might want to think about exploring 24/7 care.
Finally, even if they are not moving into long-term care, you still need to make some changes to ensure that an injury is less likely. Do be aware that an injury can occur due to cognitive decline which becomes far more likely as your parents get older. One of the ways that you can reduce issues here is by ensuring that you do see your parents as often as possible and that you are encouraging them to socialize with you as well as with other people.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you should take if your elderly parent is injured. It’s always difficult to take this role in your parent’s life, but it is going to be the right decision. You need to make sure that you are protecting their quality of life. Once your parents start to sustain random injuries, things can decline quite quickly so it’s important that you do take the right action.
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