Recently, I discovered that my family members are getting older and their mobility is not as good as before. They need us to assist them to go up and down the stairs every day. I am worried accidents will happen when they go to toilet or take a bath. What can I do?
As the elderly gets older, it is normal that their mobility deteriorates. Faced with this situation, family members can arrange physiotherapists and other professionals to teach the elderly the correct use of assistive tools and improve the home environment to reduce accidents. For instance, teaching them to use crutches, installing handrails in toilets and bathrooms, using anti-slip mats, etc. In addition, family members can also learn the skills of caring for the elderly, such as the correct holding methods of assisting them in their daily actions to reduce accidents. Now, some elderly neighbourhood/district centres also provide relevant training for caregivers to participate.
In addition, it is recommended that the elderly can cultivate a habit of doing regular exercises to slow down the deterioration of their mobility. For example, they can have some fall prevention exercises to strengthen their muscles and avoid falls. Families can encourage the elderly to participate in sports classes in the neighbourhood/district centres, such as the Kowloon City Centre for Active Ageing, to learn related movements and encourage them to do exercises on weekdays.
For the contact information and addresses, you can visit the website of the Social Welfare Department.
Source: Ms. Heung, Elderly Services Social Worker,Hong Kong Family Welfare Society