Are your loved ones safe?

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Marcus Tullius Cicero said that “the safety of the people shall be the highest law.”  It’s true, before contemplating anything, an individual should ask, “Is it safe?”  For the elderly or disabled, one of the most important things to be mindful of is safety. Having a safe, secure, and sound environment, that is both comfortable and free of hindrances, is vital for all seniors. Examples like being able to get out of the bathtub or go downstairs comfortably need to be examined for any senior. To help the loved ones in your life, here are some things to consider:


1) Good Lighting – The home should have good lighting so that eyesight is not affected.  As we age, our eyesight tends to be affected and we need glasses, contacts, or other prescriptive devices.  Natural lighting benefits our homes as well as bright artificial light.  Light enables us to see what’s going on, decreases discomfort, and prevents falls.


2) Uncrowded rooms – If rooms are full of items, there will be little room to roam from place to place in the house.  Small pieces of furniture can be tripped over and cause a fall. So these should be watched over carefully.  Seniors are not as alert as they used to be, so sometimes they forget where they may have placed something and end up in a nasty injury.


3) Proper carpets/ rugs – Carpets in the home should be short pile meaning that the carpet is low and the fibers are in loops.  It helps with gripping for high-traffic areas.  Even if your loved one does not get around a lot, they will still need this style of carpet to prevent accidents.  Loose rugs are a NO-NO!  They should be removed from the home for the utmost safety.


4) Cupboards & shelves – Items that are kept in a high places like a shelf or cupboard should be placed in a lower and easy to reach area for seniors.  The less effort they use in getting something they need, the better for them.  Stepping on stools and ladders are incredibly dangerous for the elderly and disabled, so placing items lower will prevent falls.


5) Pets – Pets are a great and provide comfort in the home, especially when living alone. However, they can be a serious hazard as well.  Cats love to wrap themselves around our legs and dogs enjoy jumping on us and running around. Though these are their natural tendencies, these habits can cause a senior to have to be rushed to the hospital at any moment. SO it’s important to make sure your senior can handle a pet.


6) Outside, doors, etc. – Is there a ramp for that senior to utilize when going outside or coming in?  If the ground is steep, then handrails are favorable.  Can the senior step comfortable on the ground?  Pathways should not be uneven or slippery to walk on.  Grass, especially in a gardening area, should be kept low and maintained for easy movement.  All hoses, rakes, etc. should be out of the way to prevent troubles as well.  All doors and gates should have locks to block off intruders, but be accessible for the senior to use.


Having these concepts in mind will help your loved one be safe, sound, and secure… but to ensure that your senior is safe at all times, it may be time to get a specialized agency, like us involved who knows how to do these things. Our company Hands of Compassion HomeCare, has specific programs, like our Fall Prevention Program, to ensure the safety of the elderly and disabled and our very own Home Health AIDES, who can prevent accidents through household care. Having a skilled nurse in the home of your loved ones each week will help them be safe and be cared for.  Hands of Compassion HomeCare’s #1 concern is the SAFETY and WELL-BEING of those that they care for.  Please consider us today and let us know how we can serve you.


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