Now that we have set our clocks back an hour, nightfall is happening sooner. In much of the country, between 5 and 5:30 PM is when the sun is setting. That means it’s getting darker earlier than it did in the summer and fall, and that can pose unique challenges to many, especially elderly men and women. For seniors, when safety is compromised at night because of limited visibility, other provisions should be made.
One of the best assets is to rely on help.
Home care support is one of the best options to consider, but unless an aging senior has specific problems with mobility, can’t get out of bed on their own, or has trouble just walking down the hall safely, they might not think about this level of support.
What else can be done?
One of the most important things is to make sure lighting is adequate in the senior’s house. Are there enough lights in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, hallway, bathroom, and so on? If not, it might not be as safe as one would assume.
It’s also important to focus on the elderly person’s vision. Can they see as well as they did in their younger years or are they dealing with some type of vision related problem? It could be cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or something else that is yet to be diagnosed. Any of these conditions could lead to limited visibility. It means a darker room could pose an even greater challenge for the elderly person.
Also, consider the layout of furniture.
If the living room, for example, is cluttered with a recliner, two couches, a coffee table, two end tables, a china cabinet, a piano, and the list goes on and on, some of these items could very well fall within the common walking areas. Even though this elderly person has been in the same house for decades, if they don’t see as well as they used to, if the lights are not on and they were reading by a basic lamp on the end table when the sun set, will they be able to get around that piece of furniture that happens to extend just beyond the doorway?
Checking light bulbs, increasing lighting with more lamps, and even considering motion sensors that will turn on lights as the senior moves throughout different rooms in the house can all improve safety as the night falls earlier. The shortest day of the year, based on sunlight, was December 21, and while daylight is getting longer each day now, we still have quite a ways to go and that means helping seniors stay safer includes thinking about visibility and lighting at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Cranford, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.
Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.
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