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Keeping Seniors Safe While They’re Involved with Fall Cleanups

Senior Home Safety in Hamilton NJ

Getting outside and cleaning up a property can be taxing. It can also be a lot of fun. Most of us have a tendency to see leaf cleanup as being nothing but a chore. Raking, blowing leaves, putting them in piles, pushing them onto at tarp, and then dragging that tarp into the woods can be a lot of physical exertion.

For seniors, they may not have the capability of doing a good, thorough fall cleanup, but they may certainly be interested in doing some work outside. If family members or friends are actively involved in their life, they may stop by one afternoon on a weekend, for example, to help them get their lawn in good shape for the winter ahead.

Senior Home Safety in Hamilton NJ

Senior Home Safety in Hamilton NJ

The best time to do this is in mid to late November, after almost all of the leaves have fallen. However, depending on where they live in the country, that could mean increased risk of snow falling and blanketing the ground, making it essentially impossible to do any type of fall cleanup.

So, it may be more practical to do a thorough fall cleanup at the end of October. Whenever it takes place, if the senior is going to be partaking in this job, it’s absolutely essential that safety is placed as a top priority.

What to consider with regard to safety during fall cleanups? 

First, the senior should be dressed appropriately. He or she may get warm when moving a rake around, picking up sticks, or doing other activities, but they should be discouraged from just peeling off layers of clothing. If they get a slight chill, it increases the risk of them developing pneumonia or some other serious illness.

It’s better to be warm than deal with that possibility. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat and gloves during the entire fall cleanup.

Second, the senior should consider proper eye protection. Wearing dark, wraparound sunglasses, even on a cloudy day, is going to help protect their eyes against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. A large brimmed hat is also beneficial.

Third, they should avoid over-exerting themselves. Family members might try to discourage them from helping out too much, but if they are physically capable of doing it, they should be encouraged to participate. However, they should also avoid over exerting themselves at any time during the fall cleanup. If they feel fatigued, lightheaded, or not great at any time, they should sit down, usually indoors to make sure they don’t get chilled.

Fall cleanup can be fun, especially when done with the entire family, as long as safety is still a top priority for any senior at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Hamilton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

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Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.

The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.

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