No one enjoys moving, but for seniors who may be dealing with health and mobility issues, the chore comes with particular challenges. From lifting heavy boxes to packing sharp tools like knives, moving can be especially strenuous, even hazardous, for seniors.
Keep yourself safe during your move by being aware of common moving-related injuries and how to avoid them. Below is some helpful information from caring transitions expert Busy Buddies, Inc.
Broken Hands, Fingers or Toes
It’s common for people to drop heavy objects on these body parts during the moving process. This kind of injury isn’t just inconvenient; it can also result in long-term pain. To avoid this injury, wear thick gloves and closed-toe shoes. Always ensure there’s a clear pathway in your home so you don’t trip over items while carrying heavy objects.
Cuts and Scrapes
Be careful when packing sharp or pointy objects, and take great care when transporting them from one point to another. You might want to consider wearing multilayered clothing as well. Wear jeans and cover as much of your skin as possible so that you can minimize the chances of cuts and scrapes. Whether you plan to hire professional elderly moving services or not, it’s important to take safety precautions.
Of course, moving always involves some amount of heavy lifting. This involves the risk of back injuries, so you have to observe proper form and be extra careful when picking things up. When lifting something heavy, it’s best to squat low to the ground using your knees and legs. This way, you can avoid bending your waist too much and straining your back muscles.
If you need help moving your elderly parents, Busy Buddies, Inc. can provide the caring support and compassionate attention that your folks need during this crucial transition. Call us at (703) 828-1833 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Arlington, VA, and the surrounding areas.