Making the Home Safe: Tips for Caregivers
The role of family caregiving comes with a lot to think about and safety is usually at the top of the list especially if your loved one wants to to remain living in their own home.
Staying at home safely may include making some modifications to their home environment. As we age, we are sometimes less able to do everyday things, like walk up and down stairs, stepping into the bath tub, or reaching high places. In this blog, we will go over some home safety tips to consider.
Consider these Safety Tips
1. Take Away Obstacles: This can include installing a walk-in shower, a chair lift for the stairs, or rearranging furniture to get it out of the way. As we age, it is possible for physical activities like walking up and down stairs to become very difficult if not impossible. So you may have to make some major modifications to the house if you think your loved one’s happiness depends on them staying at home.
2. Keep Floor Free of Clutter: A common injury many elderly individuals encounter is tripping and falling. Falling can lead to devastating injuries like broken bones, which may take longer to heal in aging individuals. To avoid these kinds of injuries, keep walkways clear of clutter. Pick up things like shoes, purses, bags, pet toys, etc. so they are not a danger to your loved one.
3. Make Sure Safety Devices are Working: Replace all of the batteries in things like smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Functioning devices can save lives because they alert authorities in case of emergencies.
4. Beware of Slippery Surfaces: Some areas of the house are more likely to be slippery, like the bathroom and kitchen because these areas are exposed to water and are often tiled. To avoid potential slips, buy mats that have grip to them. This is even important inside of the shower, as well. Additionally, if you live in environments where it snows, make sure to salt your driveways and porches so that there are no slippery walkways.
5. Store Medications Safely: Keep medications in cabinets and in their original container so there is no confusion between medicines and their dosages. Additionally, if your loved one has to take medicine daily, then prepare their dosages for them in a daily medicine organizer. This helps avoid confusion or forgetfulness since you and your loved one can track when and what amounts of doses were taken.
Another way to ensure the safety of your loved one is to hire a professional caregiver to look after them. ElderCare can help match you with a professionally trained caregiver based on a schedule that is most convenient for you.