Experienced home care aides understand how important safety is, especially for seniors who are struggling with mobility, strength, balance, and more. A dedicated, experienced, and professional home care aide will often begin working with a client and evaluate their house for safety related concerns, addressing them immediately.
There are generally at least a half a dozen or more serious safety hazards in most houses, including those where seniors reside. Below are a few simple expert tips everyone should be focused on to help improve the safety and comfort for an aging parent or other senior in the family when they begin having difficulty with their strength or mobility.
Keep in mind that home care support services, especially through an agency, can immediately increase the level of safety, comfort, and support for these seniors who may have difficulty simply getting out of bed or walking down the hall.
Safety Concern #1: Bathrooms.
Bathroom safety should be at the top of the list because this is the most dangerous room in any house. When water gets on ceramic or linoleum tile, the surface becomes extremely slick. Using nonslip mats, grab bars, improved lighting, and even a shower seat can all improve safety in the bathroom.
Safety Concern #2: Kitchens.
Did you know that dull knives are far more dangerous than sharp ones? Make sure the knives are sharp so the senior isn’t struggling to cut through meat or other food items, which can lead to a slip and a serious laceration. Also bring hard-to-reach items down on the counters, if necessary, to avoid the need for a chair or stepladder.
Safety Concern #3: Upstairs.
If an aging senior has difficulty with mobility, stairs down to the basement or to a second floor in the house are going to eventually be a serious problem. Stair lifts can be a wonderful asset, but so can moving a bedroom from the second floor to the first floor.
Safety Concern #4: Lighting.
Now that we are in ‘Daylight Savings Time,’ the sun is setting earlier. That means lighting becomes far more crucial during the evening hours to keep aging seniors safe at home. If timers are used, make sure they are adjusted properly. Check all bulbs and replace any that are out, as necessary.
While many healthy and younger adults barely think twice about poor lighting issues at home, they can be devastating risk factors for seniors struggling with mobility.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.
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