While your senior ages peacefully and comfortably in their own home, there really isn’t anything more critical than making sure they are safe at all times! If you are ready to help make your loved one’s home safer and more accessible for them, there are several steps you can take. Read through our favorite in-home care tips below and help your senior live the best quality of life.
Observe & Update
Walkthrough the Home
This first step is so important. Take your time and complete a thorough walkthrough of your senior’s home – don’t just simply breeze through it! Pay careful attention and note your observations. Look for potential risks and hazards, such as poorly arranged furniture that can cause obstructions in pathways. Make sure the floor is clear of clutter that could cause a fall or make mobility difficult.
Make Necessary Updates
Next up, you will want to get to work on making all the updates your senior’s home needs to keep them safe. In addition to your notes, also consider installing handrails in the bathrooms – in the showers and above the toilets. These will aid your senior instability. For any areas in the home without carpet, run over them with an anti-slip wax to reduce your senior’s risk of a fall.
Take Extra Precautions
If your senior is home by themselves often or for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to keep connected with them. Check in with them regularly with a phone call or a video chat – it could be lifesaving. You can also install a security camera in the home to make sure they are getting along safely.
Ask a Professional
To have the ultimate peace of mind, we highly suggest bringing in a professional – someone who is trained and qualified. Caregivers can help you breathe easily knowing someone is looking after your senior at home. They can even assist with household tasks and offer companionship to your senior.
Are you in need of further guidance to create a safer home for your senior loved one? We invite you to reach out to our friendly Care Managers here at Home Care Assistance of Nashville. We are here for you every step of the way!