What does it mean to provide your aging parents with the dignity of risk?
This video points out some interesting points for both families and health care providers to consider. When caring for an elderly person that is experiencing changes in their functional abilities, it is important to promote independence, empower them to be involved in decisions, and ensure their dignity- even if that means making some decisions you don’t agree with. Safety is certainly a priority, but as they point out in the video, no one can be 100% safe with absolutely no risks. Every time we get into a car we are at risk of being in an accident.
Just because an older person is at risk of having a fall, it doesn’t mean that they should just stay in bed. We can help to minimize the risk by utilizing mobility aids like a cane or walker, removing obstacles, and installing grab bars, but that doesn’t remove the risk entirely. We need to focus more on quality of life and what makes life enjoyable for the individual, not just what relieves worried families and makes life easier for caregivers.
Watch and enjoy!
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