Keeping your aging adult safer at home isn't a one and done situation, unfortunately. There is some preventative maintenance you can do that really helps to improve the overall safety level.
Check Smoke Detectors and Other Detectors Regularly
Smoke detectors and other similar devices, such as carbon monoxide detectors, need to be tested periodically. The batteries should be replaced every six months, at least, to make sure that the devices have all the power they need. It's also a good idea to test the alarm itself. Once you know that the detector has power and a working alarm siren, you're usually good to go. Pay attention to any special recommendations from the manufacturer.
Clutter builds up sneakily, so if you can stay on top of it, you'll be better off. Look first at areas that block pathways and busy areas in the home. From there, declutter any areas that could block your aging adult from freely moving throughout the house or from using any space to its fullest extent.
Keep Floors Dry and Check for Trouble
Wet floors can be extremely slippery, especially if your senior doesn't have very good balance in the first place. Make it a habit to clean up spills and drips as soon after they occur as possible. You may want to keep stacks of dish towels or paper towels handy in areas that are prone to spills of any sort.
Look for Places to Add Lighting
Simply being able to see can help your senior to be so much safer than she might have otherwise been. Nightlights are a really easy way to add extra lighting, but don't overlook putting in other types of lighting features, such as motion-activated fixtures. These allow your senior to concentrate on what she's doing, knowing that she'll have the lighting she needs.
Make the Bathroom a Priority
If you can only focus on one room or area in the home, make the bathroom the prime focus. The reason for this is that the bathroom is one of the more dangerous areas of any home and making this room safer can help your senior to stay safer overall. Install grab bars, use shower tools, and use non-slip rugs and mats.
It can help to have a fresh set of eyes helping you sort through the priorities on your list. Elderly care providers are just as concerned about your elderly family member's safety, so they're an excellent help when it comes to this type of problem.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring home care services in Calera, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...