For your senior loved one aging in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, nothing is a greater priority than making sure they are safe at all times. There are several ways that you can create a safer home for your senior, especially if they are living alone. Below, we are sharing our top in-home care tips with you so you can ensure your senior’s safety – and they can live their best life.
Observe & Update
Walkthrough the Home
Start by taking a walkthrough your senior’s home. Don’t just simply walk through – take this time to really be observant and make notes about potential risks and hazards. For example: How is your senior’s furniture arranged? Do they have clear pathways to move around? You will also want to be sure there is no clutter on the floor or obstacles that can threaten a fall.
Make Necessary Updates
Now that you have your notes prepared, it is time to make the necessary updates throughout the home. In addition to any of your specific notes, some of the most common updates include adding handrails in areas like the shower and above the toilet. It is also worthwhile to switch out any regular rugs or mats for ones that are anti-slip instead.
Take Extra Precautions
It is essential to keep in good connection with your senior on a frequent basis. Checking in with them often while they are at home can be lifesaving. Make sure you are giving them a phone call or video chatting regularly. If you are especially worried, try installing a security camera in the home.
Ask a Professional
One of the best things you can do for the greatest peace of mind is to bring in a qualified and trusted professional to help look after your senior. A caregiver is an excellent option to help keep your senior safe at home and to assist with other tasks. Caregivers are even great providers of companionship.
Looking for more advice on how to create a safer home for your senior loved one? Reach out to our friendly Care Managers here at Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington for your consultation.