Lack of mobility seriously hampers daily life for elders. If you or a loved one are prone to falling, view our resources for suggestions to keep the house free of clutter and increase exercise for strength and mobility.
If an elder is rebuilding energy and strength after surgery or illness, consider having family members and friends take turns pitching in an occasional day to clean and cook. Keeping a few prepared meals easily accessible will ease the burden on the elder. If this is not possible respite care or housekeeping services will provide that help.
If it is not a temporary issue, but a continual decline in physical ability, other types of care—such as live in care—may be needed.
Loss of mobility is not only a danger to the elder. There are signs that an elder should no longer drive.
See other warning signs that care may be needed.
Download our printable checklist to see if care might be needed.