Living at home is a preferred option for elderly individuals, because it provides a sense of comfort and familiarity that assisted living facilities may not be able to offer. The home can be a dangerous place, however, if precautions are not taken to eliminate common hazards that may lead to serious injuries.
Create a well-lit space
The home should be brightly lit so that your loved one can safely navigate around the house without tripping over objects on the floor. You might consider utilizing motion sensors in hallways, the kitchen, and bedrooms so that your loved one does not have to fumble with light switches.
Add support rails to the bathroom
The bathroom is a common place for falls, because it is a slippery environment—especially in the shower. You might consider installing sturdy handrails near the toilet and in the shower to provide extra support that will allow your elderly loved one more independence at home. Shower seats can also be useful if your loved one is unable to stand for extended periods of time.
Keep walkways clutter-free
Cleanliness is essential for injury prevention, but seniors often neglect housekeeping because it poses a number of difficulties for individuals with stiff joints or other mobility issues. Therefore, you might need to step in for clutter control to remove obstacles from walkways, rearrange furniture, and eliminate slippery throw rugs. You may also need to help out in the kitchen to keep the area clean and ensure that frequently used items are within close reach for your loved one.
Assisting Hands Home Care can ensure safety for your loved one with a team of dedicated caregivers who are bonded and insured in the greater Chicagoland area. To contact Assisting Hands for an in-home consultation, call 630-326-5670 today.