Research indicates that seniors enjoy a better quality of life when allowed to age in place. However, there are many potential dangers that could put older adults at risk. Family members need to evaluate the home for possible signs of danger and remedy situations when needed.
Obstacles in commonly used pathways create fall risks. Evaluate walkways indoors and out for signs of possible hazards, and remove clutter and rearrange furniture when needed. Also, consider items that might be in the way of appliances or frequently used items in cupboards to prevent the chance of something falling and causing injury.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving 24-hour care. Arvada Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
Throw rugs, frayed or loose edged carpets, and loose tiles may cause older adults to slip, trip, and fall. Any area rugs should be firmly held in place with double-sided tape or other fixatives. Consider removing old tiles and replacing the flooring with linoleum or other materials. Check outside pathways for uneven sidewalks or stepping stones that have the potential for causing your loved one to trip.
If your loved one frequents the bathroom at night and does not have sufficient light to illuminate the path, he or she might not be able to navigate safely. Strategically placed nightlights can fix the issue. A small flashlight on a bedside table is another option if your loved one is willing to use the device. If your loved one has to go up or down stairs, he or she could miss a step and fall. Battery-operated night lights on individual steps or on the wall along the stairway increase safety. Consider switching conventional bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs and upgrading the wattage in the rooms where your loved one spends the most time.
Tubs and showers should include nonslip mats or adhesive strips to prevent slipping and falling on the wet porcelain or tile. Grab bars make it easier to get into and out of the tub. They are also helpful in the shower should your loved one lose balance. Shower chairs and handheld showerheads can protect safety even further.
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Arvada seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Seniors living with varying degrees of dementia may not remember to take their medications as prescribed. They might also forget if they took a required dose and take an additional dose, which could be detrimental to their health. Medication dosing devices might prove helpful if your loved one has enough cognitive awareness to understand the concept of days and times of days. Make sure prescriptions are being refilled as needed.
Oxygen Tank Risks
If not used properly, oxygen tanks pose a fire risk for seniors. If your loved one requires daily oxygen, he or she and all visitors should be reminded that smoking is prohibited. Post signs on exterior doorways and within the home as a reminder. Also, oxygen tanks or concentrators should not be used around open flames.
Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust Arvada home care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your elderly loved one, give us a call at (720) 642-1600 today.