Aging can bring about a whole new world of challenges. That said, it’s important to ensure the elderly in your life are well taken care of and safe at home. Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. These falls are often due to hazards that can be easily recognized and fixed. The caregivers at FootPrints Home care are here with a simple safety checklist to ensure the safety of the aging loved ones in your life.
- Clutter- Clean up any clutter that could obstruct walkways or main areas of the home. A cleaner environment also feels nicer for those constantly at home with in-home care.
- Trip Hazards- Do a walk-through of the home and keep an eye out for any trip hazards. As we age, our balance and coordination can decline. Look for areas where your senior loved one could lose their footing, such as hallways with rugs, furniture in the way, electrical cords, or uneven flooring.
- Kitchen- The kitchen can be a difficult area to navigate for someone with mobility issues. Make sure all frequently used items are in cabinets that are easily accessible. It’s best if everything is within reach on low shelves; if a step stool is absolutely necessary, make sure it has a stability bar.
- Bathroom- The bathroom is an area that should be easily accessible and free of obstructions. Make sure the restroom is equipped with non-slip rugs/mats and grab bars if necessary. Safety hand rails on the toilet can provide more stability to lower and raise from the toilet. If the toilet is lower to the floor as most older ones are, these rails can really be helpful. Keep the bathroom safe and providing extra support can reduce the danger greatly.
- Outdoors- If your family member enjoys spending days outside, especially when the weather warms up, ensure they are safe outdoors by providing sufficient seating with arms and a sturdy backrest. Sweeping and keeping the area clean of debris are also advised to avoid unnecessary falls.
There are many simple ways to keep the home of your elderly family member safe and accessible so that they may live comfortably at home as long as possible. When you require additional assistance, reach out to the at-home care team at FootPrints Home Care in New Mexico. Our caregivers are ready to lend a helping hand and specialize in the senior home care you need.