Why Seniors Want To Stay In Their Own Home
Living in your own home is an incomparable feeling. This becomes even more pronounced as for seniors who have lived in the same home for many years. The home is filled with memories of children through their growing years. It feels great to call neighbors friends. The thought of moving out doesn’t arise. Where would they go to? What would they do with all the things in the house that remind them of loved ones and happy events?
Unfortunately, age brings a few challenges that make it dangerous for seniors to continue living at home, especially when there are no family members close by. It’s not something you want to think about but it’s important to realize the risks so that you can take the steps to create a safer environment for an aging loved one.
The Dangers of Seniors Living Alone
Isolation is inevitable as younger family members leave home. Empty nest syndrome is real. This gets compounded as parents get older, or when a spouse dies or when mobility limitations make it increasingly more difficult to attend even neighborhood events.
Research has shown that persistent isolation increases the risk of physical and mental health.
Risk of Falling
Risk of Accidental Overdoses
Declining memory combined with living alone can create a dangerous situation for elders on medication. On the one hand they may forget to take their medication regularly. On the other hand, they may forget that they took their medication and may repeat the dosage multiple times within a short period. This can be fatal.
These are just some of the reasons that make living alone dangerous for elders. When age-related limitations set in, it is safer to move into some type of senior living facility to prevent any life-threatening situation.