How to Increase Home Safety for Older Adults

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As people age, their physical abilities may start to diminish, which can make it difficult to live independently. By taking some additional safety precautions and putting in assistive equipment, caregivers and aging adults can prevent injuries and ensure greater home safety. The following tips can start family caregivers on their journey to making their aging loved ones’ homes much safer. 

Remove Clutter

Getting rid of clutter can increase your loved one’s safety and mobility. Remove extra furniture as well as books, papers, and collectibles that could fall off shelves and tables and create a tripping risk. You can also reduce your loved one’s chances of falling by attaching electrical cords to the walls or placing them behind furniture. 

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide homecare services. Turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties.

Install Devices for Unique Needs

If your loved one has difficulty hearing, install a doorbell featuring a loud ring or flashing light. Another system you may want to consider is a wellness alarm that offers 24-hour response in case of fires, intrusions, and a variety of medical emergencies. With a wellness alarm, you can monitor your loved one’s activities as well. Decide on the type of systems that would be the most beneficial for your loved one by assessing his or her unique needs and talking to the doctor to evaluate your loved one’s present and future needs.

Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior home care. Highland Park families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Add Smoke Detectors

Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms as well as fire extinguishers on each level of your loved one’s home. You should also put smoke alarms in each bedroom, hallways outside sleeping spaces, and the kitchen. Check all the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house regularly to make sure they’re working properly. 

Safety-Proof the Bathroom

Most accidents and falls in the home occur in the bathroom. To prevent your loved one from falling, install handrails or grab bars on each side of the toilet and in the shower or bathtub. Putting in a shower chair, installing a handheld shower head, and placing slip-proof mats on the floors can increase bathroom safety. If your loved one finds it difficult to step into and out of the tub, install a walk-in bathtub. 

Keep the Home Well Lit

Dim lighting is a hazard that could lead to falling. To prevent slips and falls in the home, put nightlights in bedrooms, stairways, bathrooms, hallways, and the kitchen. Consider putting battery-operated motion sensor lights in pantries and closets. You can also watch your loved one navigate throughout the house to detect if there are other areas that need more light. 

Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Highland Park respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities. Whether your parent needs minor help with daily tasks or extensive 24-hour care, give us a call at (214) 363-3400 today. 

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