There are so many ways people can improve safety for themselves and others that you couldn’t possibly list them all in one simple blog or article. When it comes to seniors at home, safety can be improved through a wide range of strategies.
Below are the three best safety ideas for any elderly individual, whether they’re living alone or not, whether they find extreme difficulty with their mobility or still have some good strength in their legs and the rest of their body.
1. Installing grab bars.
Grab bars are often confused with towel bars, but they are not the same whatsoever. A towel bar is simply affixed to the wall with short screws. If any serious weight is placed on them, they will likely rip free of the wall. That means if a senior is stepping into the shower or tub, slips, and grabs onto one of these bars, they could fall and be even more seriously injured as a result than if they simply fell right into the tub.
These grab bars can also be installed around the toilet and in other areas of the house where an elderly person might have difficulty getting up or moving around.
2. Improved lighting.
When the lighting in a house is poor, it casts shadows in various parts of each room. Some of the shadows can hide different floor surfaces, different elevations, steps, or even bags or boxes that were left and forgotten about.
To improve safety for most seniors, especially if they are dealing with any type of vision related problem, improving lighting is a great step to consider. This can simply be done by increasing the wattage of bulbs in various lamps or ceiling lights, adding lamps, or making sure any lightbulbs that have gone out are replaced in a timely manner.
3. Physical support.
Having somebody there at the house with an elderly person to assist them getting out of bed, getting up and down stairs, getting up from the couch, or anything else will help to improve safety.
While they may feel weak and unbalanced at times, leaning on this healthier, stronger, younger adult can provide them great physical assistance and emotional encouragement. When they know somebody else will be there, many seniors delay a number of tasks, such as doing laundry, until they know it will be much safer to do so with some extra hands and support available.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to improve senior home safety in Plantation, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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