When you visit your parents, friends, aunts or uncles, do you pay attention to your surroundings? Chances are you are so familiar with their homes by now you rarely look with a keen eye at how things are set up, and if everything is safe for an elder family member. As people get older, some of the things they used to be so careful to maintain begin to get neglected. All those throw rugs which made such a lovely statement in their homes are now trip hazards. Light bulbs that are covered in dust, or have burnt out might not be noticed if your loved one’s eyesight is failing.
It’s amazing what the people who work for Coastal Concierge will notice when they arrive to work with a new client. That is what happens when you get a fresh pair of eyes looking for things that could cause a problem for a loved one. The Health Site has a list of things we should check in our own homes, and in the homes of elderly loved ones:
“Sufficient lighting: After a certain age, the eyesight is likely to deteriorate.Given this, it is ideal to have a well-lit home, to help the senior citizens manoeuvre through the house with ease. With technological advances in smart housing, automatic lighting which functions on motion sensors, or remote controlled electric lights could be installed to reduce the possibility of accidents. In other cases, installing switchboards closer to the sitting or bedding areas can also be helpful. If the senior citizens are likely to be alone at night, emergency lights should be available in case of a power failure. Also read about 10 conditions that ail the elderly.
Kitchen safety: Kitchen appliances, vessels and ingredients should be kept within the reach of senior citizens. This will ensure that they do not have to struggle or strain themselves in trying to access them. Additionally, cabinets and counters can be installed at a convenient height, to facilitate easy accessibility.
Secure bathroom: Placing rubber mats in the bathroom will ensure that they do not slip and fall on the wet floor. At their age, even a minor accident like this can result in a hip bone fracture, which is difficult to heal and will require major surgery. It is also advisable to install a door knob which can be unlocked from inside as well outside so that if they need any help, they can be easily reached out to. In case of elders that need support while sitting, standing or walking, one can fix wall grips for them to hold as support.
Emergency kit: A well-stocked medical kit, including bandages, sterile gauze, antibiotic ointments, emergency medicines, and more, as per the advice of the family physician or consultant should be kept within reach of the senior citizens. Updated list of emergency contact numbers such as that of an ambulance, fire brigade, family physician, medical store, immediate family members and relatives, should be in easy access to them so that they can reach out for timely help. Senior citizens must be taught how to call for immediate help using the emergency features available with mobile phones. ”
As a person who has been charged with care for Seniors, I know it’s very important for someone in the family to have a health care directive, and to also have with them a complete list of any medications they are on. If your loved on is in the hospital and is unable to remember the names and dosages of their medications, that could be dangerous.