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The wise use of technology and smart and strategic planning can help adult children make the homes of aging parents and even grandparents safer. Seniors however, are often reluctant to sudden changes in routine, making broaching the subject of safety and security in the home a delicate matter. Along with having patience and perseverance, Greenwich Home Care Assistance offers a few tips for where to make safety improvements at home.
Use a mix of wired and wireless technology in the home. Seniors should maintain a wired landline telephone with a wired telephone plugged into the phone jack for use when the power goes out. A base station cordless telephone system with several extra handsets can also be used with handsets placed strategically throughout the home. Seniors who are technology averse should be provided an easy-to-use cellular phone along with training on how to use it. Consider the lifesaving potential of a two-way communication monitored medical alert pendant as well.
A majority of falls occur in the bathroom. Non-slip mats or materials should be on the floor as well as in the tub or shower. Hand rails need to be installed according to local code and for maximum safety. Improperly installed handrails can pull loose and actually cause a fall. If you believe your aging parent or loved one has extreme difficulty with personal care such as bathing or showering, consider help from a caregiver who can provide Greenwich hourly home care. This service can be scheduled on an as-needed basis, and families can rest assured as care is provided by a highly trained and professional caregiver.
Improve Passive Lighting
Install bright LED night lights. LED light typically will burn for years as opposed to months, and they also use only a fraction of the energy. For seniors who may be hesitant to new lighting, the extremely low cost per year to power LED lights can help alleviate concerns about utility bills. Hallways, stairwells and stairs should have passive LED lighting that are either on around the clock or activate by motion detection. Adding touch lamps at bedsides also prevent fumbling in the dark to turn a light on.
Avoiding trip hazards includes arranging furniture to clear pathways through heavy traffic areas, securing rugs to the floor, and eliminating hazardous electrical cords. If your aging parent or loved one has a pet, training him or her to stay out from underfoot can help reduce fall risk as well. Pets should be banned from the cooking area in the kitchen. It only takes minimal training to accomplish this, even with older pets.
Encourage Use of Adaptive Equipment
A cane or walker can greatly improve the ambulatory safety of seniors who have moderate or mild balance and mobility issues. However, pride often gets in the way of using adaptive devices. Encourage their use, and get the senior’s physician to discuss the subject too. Other adaptive equipment to improve gripping strength or safety when reaching for objects should be used as well. Usually providing the device with a little training is all it takes to establish a new and safer routine.
There have been great advances in technology to keep seniors safer in their homes. This, along with some sensible safety upgrades can help them better prevent injuries due to accidents and ensure that your aging loved one is prepared in the case of an emergency. To learn more about senior home care, reach out to the Greenwich live-in care specialists at Home Care Assistance. Call 203-842-8863 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.