Home is not just a place but a feeling and rightly so
Most of us prefer to live with our parents in their old age as we want to cater to all their needs and requirements and provide the best conditions for them to live with comfort and ease. However, sometimes our care is insufficient and we need to assess whether they need to live in their own home.
Here are a few tips that will help you determine whether your elders are safe at your house or need additional care:
Various items in your house may injure your elders. The best way to ensure this is by removing all items like slippery rugs, old clutter of books, clothes, newspapers, and other useless stuff. You should also discard all the useless furniture in the house which is not in use and has sharp edges and corners that can hurt the elderly. Try to have a more open space in your house and avoid overcrowding to allow free movement from one place to another. This is extremely important for all those elders who use wheelchairs or have difficulty in walking. You should avoid any slack electrical wiring in the house as your family members might trip over it and fall.
Keep emergency numbers handy:
It is very difficult to remember all the important numbers in case of an emergency. You should ensure that the elders in your family have a cell phone with all the emergency contacts on speed dial. It is our duty to teach the adults in our family how to use the different features of a cell phone as they are not tech-savvy. Patients with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty in remembering all the phone numbers and that is why it is all the more important to always provide them with a notebook that contains all the emergency contacts.
Proper protection against fire:
It is important to install smoke detectors in the houses where the elderly reside. Always remember to change batteries of smoke and monoxide detectors regularly. Check the electrical cords of all the electrical appliances and repair them instantly if there is any damage. Do not use candles in case of electrical power outages because if the candles are left unattended near curtains or flammable items then they are very risky and can even be hazardous.
A safe and secure bathroom:
The bathroom can be a risky place because it is mostly slippery and our elders are likely to slip. In order to prevent such a situation, ensure that your bathroom is always dry, and avoid any water from pooling on the floor. There needs to be a proper drainage system installed in order to reduce such a risk. Place rubber mats in the bathroom to avoid slipping.
A safe and secure bedroom:
A bedroom is a place where the elderly spend most of their time. This is why it is all the more important for it to be a safe and secure place where the adults can relax. A majority of the elders suffer from back problems which are often a result of poor and uncomfortable mattresses. It is important for the elders to have a comfortable and soft mattress to sleep and lie down on. All the doorknobs should be easy to open so that the elders do not have to depend on others to open and close their doors.
Vision is a major stressor for the elderly and often their vision deteriorates due to the poor lighting that is often installed at our homes. Make sure there is plenty of natural lighting in the house so that the elders use the lights according to their use. Make sure that the elderly can read and write in proper well-lit rooms. There should be no strain on their eyes as the eyes are very precious.
Check the kitchen to determine its safety:
Always check the kitchen to ensure that there are no harmful or hazardous items lying around. Make sure that the adults cook food only if they have previous experience and do not forget to close the switches and plugs after cooking. Another important factor is to store the boxes that are at a height at a lower level so that the adults can reach for them easily and do not need to use any stools that are often dangerous. The refrigerator should be cleaned regularly to throw out the expired products. All these steps are very important because even the slightest mistake on your part can be serious.
It is very difficult for the elderly to walk up and down the stairs due to the pain in their legs. They should not be made to climb up or down the stairs for any work. Ensure that their room is always on a lower floor and that they do not have to use the upper floors for any work. All their necessities must be on the lower floors.
Safety measures at home:
Install a peephole at your house so that the elders can check who is at the front door before opening the doors for strangers. Always keep the doors and windows locked so that there is no risk to the elders of any sort. Alert your family members regarding the ongoing scams. Make sure that they do not accept any call that may ask them for their financial details or to open the door to let them in. You must let the elderly know about the various scams that target the elderly so that they can take the required precautions.
Try to check-in on them regularly:
You must check in on them regularly. This will help you to stay updated about their health history and whether or not they are doing fine. Visit them often if you live nearby to take a better look at their health and living conditions. If there is anything they need, be it food or medicine, make sure to provide it to them on a priority basis.
It is important for us to make sure we take care of the following steps on our own. If we are unable to cater to them because of whatsoever reason, then we need to look for a suitable elder care house where they will be able to live comfortably and with ease.
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