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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 assistance equipment, caregivers and aging adults can prevent injuries and ensure the home is safe. The following tips can start family caregivers on their journey to making the home much safer for their aging loved ones.

Remove Clutter

Getting rid of clutter can increase your aging loved one’s safety and mobility. Remove extra furniture, 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 power cords along the wall or behind furniture. 

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide home care. Plantation families can 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 phone and doorbell featuring a loud ring or flashing light. Another system you may want to consider is a wellness alarm that offers 24-hour response for fire, 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 aid 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 home care. Plantation families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s 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 a fire extinguisher on each level of your loved one’s home. You should also put a smoke alarm in each bedroom, the hall outside of 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 to the shower walls. 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 the tub, install a walk-in bathtub.

Make the Home Well-Lit

Dim lighting is a hazard that could lead to falling. To prevent slips and falls in the home, put night lights in the bedroom, stairway, bathroom, hallways, and 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.

Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Plantation seniors can depend on. Call us at (954) 533-2410 to learn about our comprehensive in-home care plans.

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