How Comfort Keepers In Home Caregivers Can Help With Home Safety in Charlotte, NC
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If you’re helping to care for an aging family member, you probably help most with everyday needs: making sure they have groceries or meals, making sure household bills get paid, making sure they have clean clothes or bedding, and other regular tasks. What you might not be as aware of is the need to help your aging loved one with larger items on the to-do list, like ensuring that the home is safe, keeping up with home or lawn maintenance, and reducing hazards in the home.
At Comfort Keepers, our in home caregivers are trained to help with everyday tasks as well as help your loved one and your family ensure long-term safety and health. Reducing hazards in the home include identifying trip-and-fall hazards, resolving any maintenance issues especially when there are issues with water or gas, and identifying fire hazards too.
According to the US Fire Administration, 14% of the population are seniors, but 40% of people who die in fires are seniors. Seniors may be more impacted by fires due to a slower response time, reduced mobility, and other health factors. However, seniors may also be more impacted by fires because their homes are not up-to-date with fire prevention and detection resources.
Especially if your loved one has lived in their current home for a number of years, take this opportunity to visit their home and check on any safety devices that are present. Our in home caregivers can help you identify items in the home you should attend to, that might include:
- Check batteries in smoke detectors
- Verify that carbon monoxide detectors are active
- Look over any appliances (stove, washer and dryer, refrigerator, etc.) for wear and tear that could impact functionality
- Inspect in-home systems, like heat or air conditioning units, furnaces, and water heaters
- If your loved one smokes, check where they smoke and how they discard ash and lit cigarettes
Beyond ensuring that detectors work and appliances are in good shape, how your loved one uses their home every day can also impact fire safety. Food safety also comes in to play, as proper meal preparation in the kitchen helps to reduce risk of fires, burns, cuts, as well as food-borne illnesses. Our in home caregivers can assist with meal planning and preparation, and make sure your loved one is safe throughout their home.
If you’re concerned about the safety of a loved one who lives alone, Comfort Keepers is here to help. Call our Charlotte agency today to learn more about our comprehensive in-home care plans, and how we can help make sure your loved one enjoys the best possible quality of life every day.