There’s a common assumption that older adults are more at risk of getting injured when they leave their home; however, the reality is the complete opposite. Most falls, accidents, and injuries to the elderly happen in their own home, despite it being the place they’re most comfortable in. Often, your parent is so used to their surroundings that they aren’t necessarily as vigilant as they should be.
If you’ve decided that your parent is capable enough to continue living in their own home, here are a few tips on how to safeguard their health.
- Print emergency numbers and keep them handy; such as, 911, your phone number, another family member’s number, and your parent’s doctor’s number. This helps them easily know what to dial if they’re in a rush, instead of trying to remember.
- Ensure that all medications are in their original containers so that your parent doesn’t mix up their pills and end up taking more or less than they should.
- Install grab bars and non-slip mats in bathrooms to prevent the risk of falls and set the thermostat to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid getting scalded by hot water.
- Check batteries in fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year.
- Tape all rugs to the floor so they don’t shift when being walked on or put down non-slip carpet liners. Carpets should never be placed at the bottom or top of stairs.
- Clear your home of debris or tripping hazards.
- If your parent must use the stairs, make sure that they are lined with non-slip carpeting.
- Buy a special alarm that your parent can wear as a bracelet or necklace in case they fall and are unable to get up and get help. The alarm automatically places a call to emergency services.
Aging at home can be extremely important to seniors who are still safe and capable to do so. The risk of aging at home is loneliness and isolation. As their caregiver, it will be up to you to ensure that they are still engaging with friends and family, still participating in brain boosting activities like puzzles or crosswords, and still exercising and maintaining mobility. Should you feel it is time for your loved one to enter a retirement facility, our team at Carefor is here to help provide affordable retirement care that feels just like home.