Many senior citizens want to remain in their homes and be independent for as long as possible. Seniors face a number of safety concerns as they get older, including the risk of falling and problems related to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. If your parent needs assistance to remain independent at home in Connecticut, a caregiver from Dependable Care can help.
Before we match your parent with the appropriate caregiver, we will start with an initial consultation in which the owner of Dependable Care and our nurse will meet with your family. We will discuss your parent’s needs and look for safety concerns that should be addressed to make your parent’s home safer and reduce the risk of injury.
One way that the home can be made safer is by improving lighting. Many seniors experience a decline in vision as they get older. This increases the risk of falling, particularly when walking up and down stairs. Seniors can also fall in other parts of the house if they do not see a rug or cannot accurately judge the distance to the bed or a chair. We may suggest ways to improve the lighting, such as installing additional lamps, motion-activated lights, and night lights in the bathroom, stairway, and hallway.
Many senior citizens are injured every year when they trip and fall at home. This can lead to broken bones, especially hips, as well as other serious injuries. One common cause of falls is loose rugs. This can be corrected by taping or tacking down the corners of a rug. Non-slip mats can be put in places such as the bathroom and kitchen that can get slippery from water on the floor. Treads can be put on stairs to provide traction and reduce the risk of falls.
Making the Bathroom Safer
A significant number of falls occur in the bathroom. Installing grab bars and handrails can make the bathroom safer for your parent. You might also want to consider installing a high-rise toilet, shower chair, or walk-in bathtub to make it easier for your mother or father to use the bathroom safely.
Many older adults suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia that can lead to forgetfulness. A fire can start if a person forgets something on the stove. Our nurse may suggest buying temperature-controlled cookware and a device that can automatically turn off the stove and oven. You can also purchase plastic dishes that will not break if they are dropped and non-slip placemats to prevent small appliances from sliding around on a counter.
Contact Dependable Care to Discuss Ways to Make Your Parent’s Home Safer
At Dependable Care, we are committed to helping Connecticut seniors in our care live safely at home for as long as possible. We will look for ways that your parent’s home can be made safer and make helpful suggestions. We can also match your mother or father with an in-home caregiver who can help with many of your parent’s daily needs. Contact Dependable Care today to schedule a consultation.