Home Safety Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Home Safety Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Home Safety Tips for Seniors and Family Caregivers

According to CareOne Management, seniors are involved in over 2 million accidents per year, and approximately 7,000 seniors die during such accidents.[1] Accidents that lead to fatalities are likely due to the conditions in which seniors live. Many times, their houses are not organized in such a way to allow optimal safety. Fortunately, there are ways to address safety hazards in your home and we hope to share some with you so you can watch out for your loved one.

As your loved one ages, they may develop an illness, or they will likely experience declines in their vision, hearing, mobility, and other capabilities. These factors contribute to an increased risk of injury within a home. For instance, falls can be fatal for your aging loved one, so it is imperative to think of ways to reduce them. Unfortunately, you can’t completely control declines in health, but what you can control is how you respond to these changes.

Some common risk areas are the kitchen, bathroom, and staircases. We will try to cover each area.

What can you do?

Install Non-Slip Surfaces: Potential danger areas where slips and falls occur are the locations listed above: the bathroom, kitchen, and staircases. You can buy pads or mats that have a grip on them which you can put over areas that are likely to get wet, like in the bathtub or in front of the kitchen sink. Usually, these areas are tiled and become very slippery, so think about every space in your house that has the potential to become wet and cover it with a non-slip mat.

Make Sure the House is Well-Lit: As people age, their eyesight is not as sharp as before. As a result, this can lead to trips if they cannot see well in front of them. Make sure the walkways in your house are free of obstacles, such as shoes, children’s toys, food bowls for pets, etc.

Rearrange Furniture: This can help clear up some space for your loved one if there walking environments become too narrow. The point of this is to give your loved one enough room to walk so they can move more comfortably and safely.

Cooking Safety: This entails a variety of considerations. Your loved one should not be cutting fruits and vegetables if they have difficulty seeing. They should also be careful around burning stoves, especially if they are wearing loose-fitting clothing that can come into contact with burners. If you think your loved one will encounter difficulties in the kitchen area, then it may be time to hire a professional caregiver who can help with cooking tasks for the sake of your loved one’s safety. If this is not an option for you, then maybe either you, a family member, or friend can go over during your loved one’s mealtimes and help out.

Avoid Stairs or Install a Chair Lift: Stairs are precarious environments for aging individuals. Consult with a doctor to determine your loved one’s capability to maneuver up and down staircases if you are not sure.

Keep Walking Devices Close: Make sure your loved one has easy access to any walking devices they rely on. For instance, when they go to bed, make sure you place the device within reach so they can get it when necessary. This will help prevent major accidents.

Use Medical Alert Systems: Devices like LifeAlertâ are becoming more and more necessary in case there is an emergency and if you or another family member are not around to respond. These devices send a signal to an emergency responder so they know to come and assist your loved one if they are hurt and unable to reach a phone. These medical devices can attach to your loved one’s clothes or be kept in their pocket.

A safe home is imperative for your aging loved one. By being mindful of these above considerations, you can avoid serious injuries that can endanger your loved one’s life and well-being. If you have any more questions, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: http://www.care-one.com/blog/top-10-home-safety-tips-all-seniors-and-caregivers-should-know/

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