Elder Care Helps Seniors Live Safely in the Comfort of Home
As we grow older, a home that was once a safe place to live becomes more hazardous. In-home elder care providers evaluate houses for potential hazards and provide support—allowing seniors to live in their own residences safely and independently for as long as possible.
Evaluating Homes for Hazards
Elder care professionals start by assessing the physical environment of a home to determine if it contains hazards to older adults. From this assessment, they recommend modifications to reduce the risks.
Falls pose a particular danger to seniors. One-third of people aged 65 and over fall each year, and that amount increases with age. Elder care providers improve the safety of seniors’ homes with simple changes, such as removing throw rugs, clearing clutter and rearranging furniture to create clear pathways. All of these measures reduce the risk of falls.
Other solutions to improve seniors’ safety include moving a second floor bedroom to the first floor, installing grab bars in bathtubs and showers, adding lights to compensate for an elder's reduced visual acuity and upgrading a home's electrical system to eliminate the need for extension cords.
Providing Support for Seniors
In-home elder care providers also improve seniors’ safety in the home just by being there and observing the senior. For instance, an in-home caregiver may note changes in a senior's gait that could indicate the elder's need for an assistive device, like a cane or walker, which could prevent the senior from falling.
Seniors put themselves at greater risk of falling if they suffer from dehydration, malnutrition, and missed doses of prescribed medication. Elder caregivers prepare regular meals for seniors, make sure they drink enough water and other fluids, and remind them to take their medicine.
Elder caregivers also help make sure seniors stay physically active. This helps them maintain muscle strength and tone, which makes falls less likely.
Elder caregivers play an especially significant role in promoting safety for seniors with dementia, who are prone to wandering outside the home. They keep pathways in the home clear and take other precautions to prevent injury from scalding water, kitchen stoves, and other potential hazards.
More and more seniors are choosing to age in place. Elder care providers have the training and expertise to help ensure that your senior loved one’s home is a place of safety and happiness.