Senior Safety with At Home Healthcare in Nashville
How at home healthcare can help your loved one stay safe in communities in and around Nashville, TN
Safety is a primary concern for every household, but if your aging loved one lives alone, you may have additional concerns about their security. Seniors may be less able to recognize, respond to, or resolve dangerous situations that can occur in the home. That’s why it’s also important to have an emergency plan. The at home healthcare providers at Comfort Keepers of Nashville can help with every part of planning for your loved one’s ongoing safety.
Emergency preparedness is important for every family, and there are many public resources that can help families of all shapes and sizes make a plan that works for their needs. When making an emergency plan for a senior, you need to consider:
- How mobile is my loved one? If they need a mobility assistance device, how can I make sure it’s always available to them?
- Are there medications, inhalers, or medical equipment that my loved one uses every day? What items are imperative to their daily health?
- Other than first responders, who is the best emergency contact for my loved one? Who is geographically close by and able to assist in an emergency?
Your at home healthcare provider can help you brainstorm these answers, and the solutions that will work for your loved one’s needs, home, and abilities.
Emergencies can happen in many places in the home. Part of planning for safety is recognizing the spaces in your loved one’s home that might present a risk. Frequently, accidents occur in the bathroom, where wet tile or slippery surfaces make coordination more challenging. Grab bars should be installed near the bath, toilet, and anywhere else that would be helpful to reduce the risk of a slip and fall. Check out hallways, stairwells, the kitchen, and places where the flooring in the home changes for additional potential risks.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than any cure, especially when it comes to your loved one’s health. An at home healthcare provider can help your family identify challenging areas of your loved one’s home, make a plan for any in-home emergencies, and be part of the support network your loved one can rely on. Our goal is to make sure every senior can enjoy their best possible quality of life every day.
If you’re concerned about the safety of a loved one who lives alone, Comfort Keepers serving Nashville, TN and the surrounding area is here to help. Contact our local agency today at (615) 219-5126 to learn more about our caregiving services.