As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to take steps each day to keep your parent as safe as possible. One of the most important ways you can do this is simply to go through their home and determine areas that may have dangers, and make meaningful modifications to improve safety. This not only can protect your parent from potential injuries, but can also support a more active lifestyle, and more accessible usage of their entire home. By enabling them to move around safely and securely, and encouraging their ability to use their home, you can boost their quality of life throughout their later years. One area where this can be particularly important is their living area. This tends to be the area of the home where a senior spends a considerable amount of time, making it important to create a secure an area as you can.
Use this safety checklist to ensure your senior’s living area is as safe and secure as possible:
- Remove any cords that are across areas of the floor where your parent walks to remove tripping hazards.
- Remove loose floor coverings such as rugs or runners that your parent might trip or slip on.
- Rearrange the furniture to create walking areas large enough for your parent to navigate safely and easily. If your parent uses a mobility aid such as a walker, make sure these walkways are wide enough to allow them access with these aids.
- Place sturdy furniture so that your parent can use pieces as support and balance devices as they move through the room.
- Remove furniture on wheels or that is particularly lightweight so your parent does not attempt to use them for support and potentially hurt themselves.
- Avoid having real candles in place as these are a very serious fire hazard. Instead, use flameless candles or a candle warmer to create ambience.
- If your senior has wandering tendencies, make sure the doors and windows have secure locking systems.
Helping your aging parent navigate their home and the world around them safely can be one of the most beneficial services provided by an elderly home care services provider. Elderly adults are at serious risk of experiencing dangerous falls, which can result in severe injuries. These injuries can diminish health, well-being, functioning, and even increase the risk for death. This is particularly true for those elderly adults who may be struggling with mobility issues. Balance problems, arthritis, lack of range of motion or strength in the muscles and joints, and even cognitive issues or low vision that can increase the risk of danger. An elder care provider can be there with your parent to provide physical assistance, as well as to help them make decisions about their home and surroundings that improve safety, and reduce the risk of injury.