Trying to figure out what safety concerns to focus on most in an aging parent’s house is not always easy. Adult children may worry about their mother and father as they get older, especially if they’re dealing with some type of health issue, physical limitation, injuries, or other factors that impact daily life.
Safety is often compromised with age.
Somebody who is 80 years old is not likely going to be nearly is safe as somebody who is 70 and is in the same basic health. That’s because people lose muscle mass, strength, and ultimately balance the older they get. They might need to steady themselves with a cane or walker, place their hand on the wall as they move, or feel incredibly uncomfortable while trying to get up and down stairs.
Focusing on safety issues is important, but not many people have direct experience with this and don’t know what to do. There are a few key areas to focus on that will help improve safety for these seniors. So, let’s discuss how to spot these safety concerns in an aging senior’s house.
First, understand their limitations.
When people look at safety issues from their own perspective, they are not as easy to locate. For example, you may be in your 40s or early 50s and have absolutely no issue getting up from a chair or walking around the house. Therefore, you might not think anything of a box, bag, or even table that is left in the hallway. You simply walk around it.
For an elderly person, though, moving around things can be extremely difficult, especially if they have a tendency to use a cane or balance themselves on the wall every once in a while. That little bag or box could become a serious tripping hazard.
Second, focus on key danger areas.
In the kitchen, right around the sink, that’s a key danger zone. That’s because water from the sink can spill onto the floor and most kitchens are either linoleum or ceramic tile floor surfaces that become slick when wet.
It may be prudent to apply nonslip pads or a mat around this area to improve safety.
Third, think about the little things we often neglect.
Changing a lightbulb or checking the batteries in the smoke detector might seem like an innocuous activity, but it can be extremely dangerous for somebody who is unsteady on their feet and would need a chair or stepladder to do. These activities could be done by a family member, friend, or a home care aide instead of putting that burden on an elderly person’s proverbial shoulders.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in The Heights, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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