Take a moment and think about the risks that surround you right now. Most younger, healthier adults overestimate their ability to avoid accidents and other mishaps. In truth, risks surround everyone every single day. For seniors, the risks will increase because of diminished strength, health related issues, balance problems, and much more.
How do we recognize those risks?
The first step in improving safety, for each of us as well as seniors, is recognizing the risks that exist. Yes, there are reasonable risks and those that are minimal, but the more we pay attention to every single one we can think of, the more we can focus on finding solutions to protect us as we move forward.
Do you wear a seatbelt?
Most people today wear seatbelts, not just because it’s a law, but because it improves safety when behind the wheel. 40 or 50 years ago, seatbelts were not used very often, if at all. When you get behind the wheel of an automobile, you understand there’s always a risk of getting involved in an accident, no matter how safe and diligent you are behind the wheel. So, you take precautions.
What about a smoke detector in your house?
When was the last time you checked the batteries in the smoke detector? Most of us are readily aware that they only start beeping to indicate a low battery in the middle of the night, when everyone’s sound asleep. Maybe that happened six months ago or even a couple of years ago and you disconnected the battery because you were exhausted, meaning to change the batteries in the near future, but never got around to it.
What about stepping into and out of the shower?
Most of us younger, stronger, healthier individuals never think twice about this. Sure, there could be soap residue and scum that caused slick spots, but how many of us have actually fallen to the bottom of the tub?
An older person will likely be at an increased risk of slipping and falling when they lose their balance, even slightly. Considering grab bars is a great way to improve safety because that gives these seniors something to hold onto as they get into and out of the shower.
Finally, as people get older, there will be an increased risk of vision related problems. As a result, making sure lighting in a home is optimal, is a crucial component to recognizing potential risks and taking steps to reduce them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Willingboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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