Safety for elders inside their homes

As a caregiver, you may or may not have any control over the living environment in which your clients reside. What you can control is some ways to improve the household to ensure the safety of your clients.
By doing the following things, you limit the risk of a fall for your clients inside their home:
• Make sure that your client can see well inside the home. Change light bulbs when they need changing. Make certain that there are nightlights installed in the home for nighttime movement – especially around bathrooms and staircases.
• Ensure a safe passage by making certain that the household is clutter free in walkways and corridors.
• Make certain that carpeting is not a hindrance by repairing worn areas and holes and by disposing of long threads that could prove a potential hazard.
• Make certain that rugs and mats are slip resistant – especially in bathrooms. Straighten out any wrinkles that could lead to tripping and patch any tears. There is an adhesive strip available to put underneath mats and rugs to hold them in place; these are especially helpful in bathrooms where there are many items like sinks and tubs that can cause bone breakage.
• Keep furniture in a relative order, not having it haphazardly strewn about. Order is not only efficient, but safe. In addition, make certain that furniture is sturdy; make repairs to any rickety pieces so that they don’t bend and break when elders use them and cover any sharp corners to avoid injury in case of a fall.
• Easy access to internal doors; make certain locks and/or doors don’t stick when attempting to be opened.
• Ensure ease of use with external doors; make sure they work properly.
• Clean up any and all spills to avoid falls.
• Make certain that grab rails have been installed and are sturdy enough for your senior to rely upon.
• Make certain that your senior takes their meds correctly to avoid dizziness and nausea which can lead to falls.
• Ensure all safety materials in case of fire are near and working properly.
If you do each and every task here, you are definitely showing you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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