Home Care Safety Tips for Family Caregivers
Ensuring the safety and security of an elderly loved one should be a high priority for any caregiver. If you are a family caregiver responsible for the care of a loved one, the following home care safety tips will help improve the safety and security of your loved one:
Improving Support and Safety Throughout the Home
- One of the basic safety procedures is to make sure that smoke detectors are installed and tested. Smoke detectors can provide much needed time in case of a fire or smoke hazards.
- Elderly are at a high risk of falling, it’s important to make sure there are no loose flooring throughout the house. Take the necessary precautions to avoid wet floors, especially tiles, loose rugs and carpet.
- Elderly seniors find it difficult to move around, therefore use handrails throughout the house for support. Beds with rails make it easier for seniors to move in and out of their bed and avoid the risk of injury from falling down.
- Make it easier for the seniors to move around the house. If there are sofas and furniture that you can rearrange, then do so.
- Remove anything that can block the seniors’ view and lead to a fall.
- Seniors often suffer from low vision. It’s important to ensure that there is proper lighting and use of bright colors throughout the house. Areas such as the stairs, basement and hallways should always be well lit to avoid the risk of fall.
- Make it easier for seniors to reach things in their closets or shelves.
- Telephones with large buttons are easy to operate.
- User chairs with arm rests for support.
- Using a raised toiled seat is highly recommended.
Caring for an elderly loved one can be a daunting responsibility. But with proper planning, it can be a rewarding experience. If you are a family caregiver taking care of a senior or older adult and need a break, give us a call today. We offer respite care services for family members and provide the highest level of home care San Diego seniors deserve. For more information about our personalized care plans, contact a Care Manager at 619-795-7457.