Senior Home Safety in Cherry Hill NJ
How confident are you that your elderly mother is safe at home? You probably worry about her most days. You’ve been taking care of her as best you can, but you simply can’t be there every minute of the day. You have a job and other responsibilities to take care of, after all.
It’s easy to overlook safety for an aging loved one, especially when you don’t take some time to see things from their perspective. Even your mother may overlook safety issues at home because she isn’t as clear regarding her own limitations as she could or should be.
It’s a good idea to take an honest assessment about safety for your mother. The best way to go about this is by thinking in a room to room manner.
A wet floor around the kitchen sink can pose a slipping hazard. Apply nonslip pads or other area rugs to help minimize the slipping hazard here. Also make sure to pull down hard-to-reach items and put them well within reach, without needing a stepstool or a kitchen chair.
Grab bars are a great addition to any shower or tub surround for seniors. The shower seat can also be beneficial. If your mother has difficulty getting up and down from a chair, an elevated toilet seat could be beneficial.
Make sure, if your mother’s mattress sits high, you consider other options. It may be more practical to lower it, and that might be accomplished in a number of different ways.
Lighting throughout the house should be optimal, especially as we move out of summer and toward fall. The sun is setting earlier and earlier, which means it gets darker earlier. If lighting is not appropriate or optimal, it could create shadows or even hide certain objects among the shadows your mother could trip over.
Medical alert devices.
Maybe your mother hasn’t felt the need for a medical alert band, but it’s a good item to have with her. She may seem strong and healthy right now, but studies have shown seniors over the age of 65 have a mortality rate of 25 percent within a year following a broken hip.
If your mother slips or is injured and can’t get to a phone, her risk of serious injuries or other medical issues can increase dramatically. A medical alert device can help her stay safer at home.
So, in looking at this list, you may notice many things have been overlooked with regard to safety for your aging mother. It’s never too late, so address these issues now.
For home care in Cherry Hill, NJ and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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