If you have a senior loved one living at home, then you know their safety and comfort comes above all else. Seniors who are able to age in their own home surrounded by familiarity have many benefits, but that does not mean they can’t encounter an accident within their home. Helping your senior remain as safe as possible should be a top priority. Read through our tips below and discover the steps you can take to create a safer home!
Take a Walkthrough
To get started, we suggest taking a thorough walkthrough your senior’s home and taking notes. Pay close attention to their pathways. You will want to make sure their furniture is arranged appropriately, and their paths are free from clutter (like poorly placed rugs, random objects, or loose cords). Make mobility as easy as possible.
Update the Home
Now that you have your notes from your walkthrough, the next step is to make safety updates to the home. Most commonly, you will want to install items like handrails in the bathrooms – above the toilets and in the showers – for added stability. If the home has flooring that is un-carpeted, consider going over it with anti-slip wax. You can also add rugs or mats with rubber backing in areas that are slippery.
Stay Connected with Your Senior
It’s good practice to stay in connection with your senior, especially if they are by themselves at home for long periods of time. Check in with them via a phone call or a video chat to make sure they are well. If you are duly concerned, you can even install a security camera to be sure they are staying safe throughout the day.
Bring in Professional Help
If you are looking for greater assistance and peace of mind, then bringing in the help of a professional is worthwhile. The in-home services of a caregiver can help your senior with personal care, companionship, and routine tasks such as meal preparation, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and more.
Wondering how Caring Friends can help you with your in-home senior care needs? Reach out to us and schedule your consultation! We would like to find out how we can help you and your family with your short- or long-term needs.