Sometimes, it becomes apparent that an elderly loved one may be at risk for injury in his or her home. Especially if he or she has already suffered a fall, it may be time to make some home adjustments. Those who work in elder care can provide valuable assistance in recognizing home dangers and removing them:
Eliminate Fall Risks
Slip and falls are a serious problem in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of all individuals over 65 will fall over the coming year. Depending on the severity of a particular fall, an older individual may suffer an injury, such as a broken hip. Therefore, you should eliminate all potential circumstances that can lead to a fall. Secure all loose rugs, remove all electrical cords from high traffic areas, and, if possible, replace slippery tiles with sound flooring.
Facilitate Common Tasks
Injuries to the elderly can also occur if they try to grab items that are out of reach or attempt to lift articles that are too heavy. Preparing meals and doing laundry are just two circumstances where these situations may result in harm to an elderly loved one. To avoid such injuries, rearrange commonly used items so that your family member does not need to strain to reach them. Also, install high tables and other devices that will facilitate activities like sorting through and cleaning clothing.
Remove Dangerous Items
Sometimes, it may become necessary to do away with certain objects that cause undue harm to a loved one. Should you believe that your family member’s home requires such measures, be sure to gently discuss with your loved one why you are taking such precautions to avoid future confusion and frustration.
EvergreenChoice can help caregivers make their loved ones’ homes safe and inviting spaces. For more information regarding our home care options, please call our New York City office at (646) 783-3651.