Keeping Elderly Parent's Home Safe
If your aging loved one wants to maintain their independence by living at home, their safety is no doubt a concern for you. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four older Americans falls every year. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among people over 65. You want your mother or father to be safe. Safety is one of our top priorities at FootPrints In-Home Care, here are some of our tips for making sure your senior’s home is safe.
To avoid falls, make sure that your mother or father’s home is kept free of obstacles and trip hazards. It may be that as they age, a senior can no longer keep up with household chores. Make sure your loved one’s home is kept in good repair, immediately fix loose floorboards or carpeting. FootPrints In-Home Care offers companionship and help with light household cleaning. Keeping the home clean is an excellent way to avoid injuries.
Make sure your mother or father’s home is well lit. Routinely check light bulbs, and mark light switches to indicate “on” and “off” clearly. Use only non-glare 100 watt or greater bulbs to avoid glare and increase visibility. Keep a flashlight where your senior can easily access it, just in case of a power outage. Place night lights in the bedroom, hallway and bathroom.
Have your mother or father check with their doctor to see if they can start an exercise program. Activities like swimming or yoga are gentle on the joints, and can improve flexibility and strengthen joints and muscles. If they are unable to stand comfortable, exercising in a chair is an option.
Consider a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) that can alert others when help is needed. If a senior wants to maintain their independent lifestyle, it’s important for them to quickly and easily alert family if they fall and are in need of assistance. For personalized home health care and more tips on how to keep your aging loved one safe, visit our blog, or contact us to request a free in-home assessment. FootPrints In-Home Care can help you keep your senior happy and healthy.Copyright: belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo