Caring for older adults means having their best interests at heart both in and out of the home. For the former, the home should be a safe place. A domain where they can feel assured of their well-being and live free without harm or injuries.
If you elderly parents are living in your home or they have chosen to age in place in their own, making the home safe enough for them to reside in means taking precautions. A home that was once safe and easy to navigate can soon become fraught with peril as eyesight starts to fade and mobility grows more limited. That’s why it’s so important to take steps towards safeguarding the home as a component of exercising compassionate senior care in Baton Rouge.
Most seniors would much rather live in the home they’ve known for a long majority of their lives but this is not always the best or smartest option. That puts the onus on you to help them make the home safer by considering these factors:
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the most dangerous perils that a senior faces is a slip and fall incident. The elderly can get easily injured from even a small misstep and the resulting injury could exacerbate pre-existing health concerns and conditions. Make the home safer by removing the threats to unhindered mobility, so seniors can get around easier and without fear of falling down.
Rugs should be secured so no edges are rolling up and posing an obstacle to trip over. Loose wires and cords can also get caught on a foot and trip an elderly adult. Clutter and furnishings should be moved out of thoroughfares, hallways, and entry areas into rooms.
Seniors may already be dealing with compromised eyesight. When there are areas of the home that are poorly lit, you’re increasing the risk of a slip and fall incident by 47%. So, take the time to not just check that all lights are working properly but that the bulbs you have installed are bright enough to make it easier to see along hallways, inside bedrooms and bathrooms, and above all, the stairs.
A senior who takes a bad fall down a flight of stairs could become paralyzed or even killed instantly. If they are having trouble finding the light switch and operating it in any part of the house, try putting in lights triggered through motion sensors.
Smoke detectors and CO2 alarms are imperative in any home but in the house where a senior citizen lives, these alarms can be the difference between life and death. Check to make sure that all such alarms and detectors have fresh batteries and the units are in good working order. These alarm systems are essential for keeping your senior safe when they are at home.
Since most smoke alarms are typically located up high, like on a ceiling, it may be very difficult for an elderly adult to get on a step stool or ladder to check the batteries on their own.