Aging in place has many advantages, but it also comes with its share of risks. Seniors who live alone are susceptible to slips and falls, illnesses and health declines. Promoting in-home safety is one way to reduce these risks and support a loved one’s desire to remain at home for as long as possible.
When it comes to ensuring in-home safety, be aware of your loved one’s living conditions. Visit regularly, assess the home environment and look for signs of concern. These might include excessive clutter, bowel or bladder odors, spoiling food or a significant decline in the tidiness of the house. If these elements are present, your loved one may be facing memory declines or other health setbacks. Talk to your loved one about these concerns, offer additional family assistance or consider hiring a professional Sonoma County caregiver to make living at home safer.
While you are visiting, also consider simple home modifications that can keep the home safer and prevent slips and falls. Doing this can increase your loved one’s ability to safely ambulate throughout the home and make completing important tasks like bathing or preparing a meal easier. Install grab bars in the shower, add extra lighting in dark areas like bedrooms or hallways, move kitchen utensils and dishes to lower cabinets to keep your loved one from having to reach into high spaces and strategically place non-slip mats throughout the house. Colored masking tape placed on windows and doors can also help to prevent unnecessary bumps and bruises, and securing furniture to the walls keeps seniors safe if they lean on a dresser or bookcase for stability or support.
By taking the time to be aware of the home environment and modifying it as necessary, you can support your loved one’s goals and empower him or her to remain independent for as long as possible. If you feel the above strategies are not enough to prevent complete safety at home, contact Home Care Assistance today. We are a leading provider of Sonoma County home care, offering highly trained caregivers, comprehensive in-home care services and specialty care for advanced conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.
To learn more about our care options and how we promote safety and independence for seniors in Sonoma County, contact a Care Manager today at 707-843-4368. We’re available 24/7 to answer questions and offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations where seniors and their families can further discuss care options.