Should you move an older person out of their home. That is the question. The next part of moving that an aging family, a geriatric care manager or an aging professional need to think about before a move is,the body-centered process .What is that and why even give it a thought, if you have your hands full with moving ?
It’s how an older adult physically functions within the home and the ease in which they navigate their environment. This is all on autopilot. Your brain has already calculated all these distances.
My second floor was an attic and is now renovated into a bedroom, office (where I am writing this), mini living room and bath. But it is an attic and has eaves and roof that slants. My brain knows when to duck low and when not, without me thinking. So I do not have concussions because my brain already figured that out all the distance and I walk on auto pilot.
The familiar placement of light switches; the distance from the sink to the refrigerator, and the arrangement of the furniture are examples of the way in which we adapt to their placement. In addition, research has found that subtle factors such as “space, light, color, visual imagery, activity, and rhythm, content, pace, ambiance and sound” contribute to the body-centered process through sensory stimulation. When we move, our brain needs to recalibrate.
When moving an adult to a new environment, be sure to observe, compare, and evaluate the factors of sensory stimulation in the existing environment as well as the new environment under consideration.Don’t give an elder a concussion.