In order to help your elderly family member to deal with mobility issues, you first need to know she’s having trouble. It isn’t always easy to know what’s going on, but these are some signs you can look for.
She Moves Slower than She Used to Move
When your senior does stand up and move around, pay attention to how she’s moving. What you’re looking for is consistency in her movements. Everyone has a bad day now and again, but is your senior consistently moving more slowly and gingerly than she used to move? This might be an indication that she’s concerned about falling.
She’s Had a Fall or Two
Even worse, your elderly family member may have experienced a fall or two. She may not be willing to tell you about it, though. Bruises or injuries could be your first indication that your elderly family member has had a fall. This can be extremely dangerous, so you do need to find out whatever you can about possible falls.
She Seems to Be More Isolated
Many aging adults who are experiencing mobility loss start to isolate themselves. They become self-conscious about their problems with mobility or they are embarrassed that they don’t move the way that they used to move. Your senior could also be afraid of falling or becoming injured out in public, so she stays home.
She Makes Excuses Not to Go Anywhere
Pay attention to what happens when you ask your senior to go somewhere with you. She might be turning you down far more than she used to, but it’s likely that she always has a reason for not going. Some of these reasons could very well be valid, but many might be exaggerated so that she doesn’t call attention to her movements.
You Rarely See Her Up and Moving
When you visit with your senior, is she consistently in one spot the whole time? This can be a way for her to camouflage her trouble with mobility. It’s possible that she is afraid of your reaction or that she’s simply self-conscious. Until you know what’s going on, though, you can’t really help.
Elderly care providers can be invaluable when it comes to helping your senior manage mobility loss. They can help her to feel safer at home and when she ventures out into public. They can also show you how to best assist your senior when you help her to move around.