Making Home Safe for Seniors
Home Safety Considerations and Modifications
For a senior to remain safely in their home, the most important thing is to ensure that they understand what to do in an emergency and how to follow such plans in case of a fire, flood, serious freeze, or if an injury occurs. If there seems to be any confusion about their ability to navigate home emergencies, it’s time to seek more intense care such as independent living housing or assisted living for seniors.
Mobility issues are a serious concern for seniors who want to live independently, and it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of unexplained bruises, burns or damage such as holes in the walls or scratches/dents on their automobile if they still drive. Obviously, if there is auto damage, it’s time to have the talk about giving up their license and discussing other transportation methods.
However, mobility issues around the home can often be addressed with a few alterations and upgrades such as installing:
- Grab bars in bathrooms near toilets and showers/tubs and in hallways.
- Walk-in tubs or ground level showers with seats.
- Higher seated toilets.
- Ramps leading to entryways.
- Appropriate flooring to ease mobility for those using walkers, canes, wheelchairs and scooters.
- Stair climbing chairs in multi-storied homes.
- Medical alert systems throughout the home.
No one knows your loved one better than you and their family, so use your good judgment and do seek out the advice of medical professionals when making these serious decisions. Document what you see, and discuss it with your loved one in addition to the various options that are available to ensure their safety.
Condition of the Home and Yard
Is the front lawn always overgrown and plants seem to be neglected? When you walk into the home are there signs of severe clutter, dirty dishes, pests and an overall sense of untidiness throughout the house? These can be a sign of many things including an inability physically to perform these tasks or a sign of depression. Before considering senior care, think about hiring an in-home caregiver, part-time housekeeper and/or a landscaper to handle outdoor work.
Need Help Finding Help With The Modifications? or Finding Solutions for Quality Senior Care?
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