When was the last time you took a long, hard look at the furniture in your house, with an eye out for safety? Most people don’t. That’s because when we are younger, stronger, and healthier we don’t pay attention to safety and therefore, people in their late 70s, 80s, or 90s, don’t often realize the potential hazards that exist with every day items.
Safety for seniors can be compromised by many factors.
Just take a look around your house right now and pay close attention to the furniture. It could be a China cabinet, desk, end table, coffee table, chairs, and much more. If you were to lose your balance and fall down while carrying something you absolutely had to protect, what would happen if you fell into one of the corners of these furniture items?
It would probably hurt a tremendous amount.
If you hit your head it could cause a serious laceration. In fact, depending on where a person strikes the edges or corners of some furniture, especially those that have sharp edges, it can cause potentially life-threatening injuries if there is nobody around to assist after the fall.
For seniors, there could be a number of furniture items easily overlooked as being potentially dangerous. Furniture padding could be something to consider applying to these corners and edges. They may not look great, but they will certainly make the house and the living environment a little bit safer for those who may have limited mobility or whose strength is not nearly as it was during their younger years.
Who can apply this furniture padding?
The homeowner. The senior himself or herself. Or perhaps a friend or family member can stop by and assist them. Most furniture pads rely on self-adhesive stick pads that are easier to apply. Just make sure to choose those products that will not cause permanent damage when removed.
It’s also a good idea to think about thinning out furniture items.
As people remain in the same place for many years, they have a tendency to acquire more and more items. For some seniors, they could be surrounded by many, many furniture items, boxes, pictures, mementos, and much more that actually clutter the home. It’s a good idea to sit down and begin thinning this out, either donating unwanted items, seeing if family or friends would like to have some as personal keepsakes, or selling them at a tag sale.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Delray Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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