Safety should be a concern for people of all ages, but especially for seniors. When people get older, performing some of the basic tasks that they took for granted in their younger years becomes a bit more challenging. For example, walking down the stairs to bring laundry to the washer and dryer might have once been an activity an elderly person did without a second thought for decades.
Now, though, he or she is having difficulty with their balance.
Because their strength has declined, when they carry laundry basket, they feel unsteady, they can’t grab onto the handrail, and they are suddenly nervous every time they have to do the laundry.
There are numerous safety issues that surround people during their Golden Years that are far too easy to overlook. We’ll talk about three of them right now.
Potential Safety Issue #1: Lighting.
People simply don’t think much about the lighting in their house. However, when people age, they will have an increased risk of dealing with vision related problems. Between cataracts, glaucoma, and even macular degeneration, if a senior does not see as clearly as he once did, it can make it difficult for him to stay safe at home.
Improving lighting, increasing the wattage of bulbs throughout the house, and adding more lamps can help him avoid shadows, and see things that are in his way.
Potential Safety Issue #2: High cabinets.
Cabinets that are high up, such as those found in the kitchen, can be extremely challenging for seniors. If an elderly person is forced to get out a step ladder or pull over the kitchen chair to get something down from a high cabinet when they’re cooking a meal, it increases the risk of them slipping and falling.
Bringing all necessary items down within reach is a great remedy. What about the wasted space in those higher cabinets?
Items from the closets could be stored there when they are needed or they can simply remain empty. What’s more important? Being safe or maximizing space usage?
Potential Safety Issue #3: Loose steps.
When walking up or down any stairwell, either inside or out, a loose step can cause somebody to lose their balance. If they lose their balance, they run the risk of a serious fall and subsequent injuries.
Checking all steps, securing those that are loose, and making sure the handrails are tight is a great way to improve safety for seniors within the comfort of their own home.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Belle Mead, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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