Improving safety in the home is a matter of paying attention to the details, understanding one’s own limitations, accepting personal risk, knowing what that means exactly, and taking the adequate steps necessary. Not everyone really understands safety is compromised with diminished physical capacity, ability, and mobility.
Below are four tips that can help improve safety for many seniors across the country. All it takes is a focus on safety, a dedication to make a difference, and an understanding about how this senior’s physical abilities have diminished or drastically changed over time.
Safety Tip #1: Hire help.
Nothing is better than having another person at the house with the senior to assist them with a variety of basic tasks. Activities of Daily Living cause the vast majority of issues many seniors face in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. Simply getting out of bed, taking a shower, getting dressed, doing laundry, and even preparing meals can feel dramatically different than they had just a few years earlier.
Home care aides are the best option, though many people turn to family and friends first. The more experience somebody has helping someone in need, the more likely they have a stronger focus on safety.
Safety Tip #2: Consider stair lifts.
When there are stairs in the house, whether they lead to the second floor or even a basement, they can pose a serious hazard for aging and disabled individuals. While these people may not be too keen on the idea of resigning themselves to using stair lifts just yet, there could be numerous times throughout the day when it would’ve been beneficial.
A quality stair lift can be stored away and not used or it can be called upon in the event that homeowner doesn’t feel strong or actually needs to carry something up the stairs when their legs feel weak.
Safety Tip #3: Rely on nonslip pads.
Nonslip pads or mats are a great asset not just in the bathroom, but around the kitchen sink. When water splashes onto linoleum or even ceramic tile it becomes extremely slick. These nonslip mats provide traction and, ultimately, safety for those who have less balance due to diminished strength that comes with advancing age.
Safety Tip #4: Sharpen those knives.
There’s a common misconception that a dull knife is safer. In reality, they are far more dangerous because greater force is required to cut through food and other items. With greater force comes a more serious laceration in the event it slips. Sharpen those knives to provide a safer home environment for seniors.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Scotch Plains, 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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