Your senior loved one is aging in the comfort of their own home surrounded by familiarity, and nothing is more important than making sure they are safe at all times! There are quite a few methods that you can use to create a safer environment for your senior – especially if they live alone. Below, we are sharing our best in-home care tips you can be sure your senior is safe and living their best life.
Observe & Update
Walkthrough the Home
Your first step is to pay close attention to details and make observations while you are completing a thorough walkthrough of your senior’s home. Move slowly and really take your time to note any potential hazards or risks. This can include making sure your senior has clear pathways in the home that are free from clutter or poorly arranged furniture and rugs.
Make Necessary Updates
Once you have completed your walk through and are ready to make the needed updates throughout the home, it is time to get to work! In addition to your own notes, you can also consider some of the most common upgrades: Installing handrails above the toilets and in the showers for stability; and switching out rugs or mats with ones that have anti-slip material to decrease fall hazards.
Take Extra Precautions
Staying connected with your senior can be lifesaving! If your senior is home alone frequently or for long periods of time, be sure you are checking in with them often with phone call or video chats. Install a security camera in the home if you want to take extra safety measures for them.
Ask a Professional
Caregivers are an excellent option if you are looking for additional assistance to help keep your senior safe in their home. Brining in an experienced and trusted professional can give you the ultimate peace of mind! Plus, they can help with other household tasks, personal care assistance, and companionship.
Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here for you and your family every step of the way. For further guidance on creating a safer home for your senior, or to schedule a consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers today!