In a lot of circumstances, aging adults would much rather live in their homes until they no longer have the ability to do so. In fact, according to the AARP, 90% of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes than live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. That is why hiring an in-home care professional is such a great idea. Not only can these professionals help with the medical needs, but also with companionship, transportation, and housework. However, even with the help, there are some items in the home that can still be dangerous for your senior.
As your ageing loved one continues to age, there are certain safety precautions that should be made to the home that they reside in to help keep them safe.
Top Home Modifications for the Elderly
Whether it is day or night, good, lighting can make the world of difference when it comes to reducing falls. During the day time, ensure your loved one has the ability to let in as much natural light as possible with the use of blinds and curtains. During the night, it is a good idea to use nightlights to light up the areas that may be heavily used like the bathrooms, the hallways, and the kitchen. If your loved one’s bedroom is upstairs lighting strips along the stairs should do the trick.
The bathroom is full of dangers that could go unnoticed. One major way to help prevent your loved one from any accidents in the bathroom is by using rails. Rails are a must-have for any aging in-home care patient. From the shower or tub to the toilet, handrails help balances themselves when these items are in use.
Another bathroom safety modification is an adjustable showerhead to help him reach those hard to reach spots and minimize movement while in the shower.
As our body’s start to age, usually one of the first things to go is our ability to grip items well. Because of that, opening doors or turning on faucets can be a bit trying. Luckily, there are rubbers grippers that you can place on the door and knobs to help make it easier.
Fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are important for any home but especially true for in-home care patients. In the case of a fire or carbon monoxide leak, you want them to be alerted immediately and these detectors will help make that happen.
As long as you make sure these small modifications are made, you can give your loved one the option to continue living at home while still making it safe.
In-Home Care from professional Caretakers
At Professional Caretakers, we believe that seniors should be able to live comfortably in the place they call home. That is why our in-home caregiving staff are available to help and provide assistance in Texas with daily necessities like housekeeping, cooking, errands, transportation, companionship and medical care.
To learn more about how we can help your loved one, contact Professional Caretakers today.