Risks for Seniors Living Alone
Many seniors prefer to live independently in order to maintain their freedom and way of living. Before seniors decide to live alone, they need to be well aware of certain consequences as it can sometimes be risky for them to continue living unaided and without support or care.
Below are some risks for seniors living alone. Every senior and their family members should be aware of these risks.
1. Mobility issues and falls
Contributing factors of senior falls include:
- Poor balance
- Poor vision
- Improper lighting
- Unsafe environment in the house such as clutter, loose rugs, no handrails, and more.
When you live alone, there is no one to make sure these are always controlled and ultimately the risk of falls increases.
Seniors often suffers from various health issues that may make it difficult to get out of the house often and they develop feelings of loneliness. Plus, living alone often will increase their loneliness which may cause sleep disturbances, more stress and may result in depression.
3. Medication Errors
Older adults are often on numerous medications and supplements. Some may have serious side effects when they interact with other medicines or when not taken in the proper dosage. Many seniors have trouble managing their medication and hence suffers various side effects. Living alone will increase these medication errors as there will be no one to keep an eye on how they manage the medication.
Living alone can increase the risk of developing depression and other related issues. A lonely person may fail to notice signs of depression and if it remains untreated, it may cause several health conditions, some simply by neglect of caring about themselves.
5. Nutrition Issues
Poor nutrition is a common issue among seniors who choose to live alone. As there is nobody to prepare meals for them and to eat with them, they may stop preparing nutritious food, eating in general,or may live on a reduced diet from not getting to the store often enough.
If you are unable to manage your health, hygiene and safety, get in touch with us today. We provide the best home care and Assisted Living placement in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information, call today at (205) 874-9730.