As we age, our skin gets thinner. Because of thinner skin, we can develop an increased sensitivity – even to light touch. If your client is experiencing signs of change in touch, pain, or issues with standing or walking, it is so important to discuss the changes with their health care professional. The doctor may find ways that their symptoms could potentially be managed.
The National Institute of Health suggests measures that you and your client are able to follow in order to keep them healthy and safe:
- Adjust hot water heater temperature to no higher than 125°F (51°C) to avoid burns.
- Check the thermometer to decide how your client should dress rather than waiting until they feel overheated or chilled.
- Inspect your client’s skin, especially their feet, for injuries. If you find an injury, treat it. Do not assume that because an area is not painful, the injury is not significant.
So, now we have covered all of the changes that can potentially occur to all of the senses. Due to the changes noted, the world as your client knows it is about to change because their senses are less sharp and details may be difficult to decipher.
Tomorrow I will complete how aging changes our senses. For now, all caregivers need to realize is that With Age Comes Respect and realizing that there are changes is the first step to realizing how to help your clients best.