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Worrying about our Senior Parents Home Safety
It is important to realize when our senior parents or loved ones are forced to stay alone and manage on their own. As a result, it can come with added risks that can sometimes become life-threatening. For this reason, home safety is a growing problem and I am here to help fix it. Dealing with caregiving and home safety can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Here are some great books to help you now.
Some of the major factors that put our senior parents or loved ones at risk for Home Safety
- accidental falls,
- victims of attacks by criminals
In other words, Certain lifestyle changes can be made to be safe. It is important to realize, with a growing number of senior parents or loved ones wanting to live alone and not burden their children or live in an assisted living facility. In this case, family Caregivers can take steps to keep their senior parents or loved ones home safety a priority.
Factors Necessary for Home Safety.
- Emergency numbers
Does your loved one own a cell phone? Watch mom or dad take or make a call – is there any difficulty? Cell phones can have many extra bells and whistles. Consider a more basic model. Seniors can find excessive options confusing, costly, and completely unnecessary. Equip the feature for larger keypad numbers and a display window. These will be easier to press and see. You can also set up a “call display” feature on a telephone. Mom or Dad can immediately recognize an incoming call as either from a family member or a stranger. Aging brains can’t always remember emergency information. Write in large letters and kept handy with each phone. This should include important contacts like the police department, fire department, poison control, doctor’s office, and friends or relatives.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 3 older adults (aged 65 years and above) experience a fall in their own home rather than outside each year. With 6 out of every 10 falls taking place at home, it becomes important to fix the risky areas at home. Ask your older loved one if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they believe it won’t happen to them or they won’t get hurt—even if they’ve already fallen in the past. It is best to check on your parents or loved ones frequently.
Practical Home Safety Suggestions that can Proof your Senior Parents Home
- Floor rugs: Properly secured with two-sided tape, so that your senior parents or loved ones do not trip over and fall. Failure to do so can cause the rug to crumble towards the corners, which eventually become the danger zones for fall.
- Clear out entryways: This is done to prevent your senior parents or loved ones from tripping over them. Some of the common items that can block the area include books, shoes, clothes and newspapers, toys, and other articles.
- Kitchen and bathroom: Anti-slip mats should be installed. Usually, the kitchen sink area and bathrooms are the most common spots for falling due to the wet floor. Placing anti-slip mats in these areas can appropriately safeguard your senior parent or loved ones from accidental falls.
- Hallways and stairways: A night light should be installed. To assist your senior parent or loved ones when they wake up during the night to use the bathroom.
- Safety supports: Installing grab bars in the bathroom or additional railing on the stairs to help with risk-free walking.
- Outdoors: Spread either salt or sand on icy surfaces. And make sure all outdoor lighting is working.
- Poisonous hazards: A stove, grill, or oven emit carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas. Consider using room heaters during the winter season to warm up the room.
- Fire Prevention: If there is a fire at home, it is better to call the fire department and leave home as soon as possible. Your senior parent or loved ones should not try to extinguish the fire by themselves. Furthermore adopting safety measures while cooking can also prevent accidents. Avoid wearing loose-fitting and long sleeve clothes while cooking as well.
Other Home Safety Tips to Consider:
- Your senior parents or loved ones should avoid inserting too many cords into one socket.
- Fix or replace all cord on Electrical appliances.
- Install a smoke detector in every room.
- Keep all heaters at a safe distance, approximately 3 feet away from any inflammable items.
- Install a bathtub chair if your senior parent or loved one is experiencing a problem getting in or out of the bathtub.
- Raised toilet seats are also available for your senior parents or loved ones who are unable to use the normal toilet seat.
It is always advisable to play it safe with your senior parents or loved ones. Therefore, being a little careful can prevent accidents from happening. Considering all of these steps for home safety can go a long way in safeguarding older adults from accidents in their own homes. Here is some additional information on tips for seniors. For more information on these matters, please check out some of my other helpful posts.
For many people with aging loved ones still living on their own, the home can quickly become a dangerous place. Consider the following home safety tips for seniors that could help your loved one age more safely in place. It can be difficult to worry about your loved ones, but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly.