Monday, July 10, 2017

Precautions for In Home Senior Care: Part 1


We’ve been talking about the hazards of loneliness, but let’s take a moment to talk about some of the everyday risks that may come up around the home. Whether you care for an elderly family member full time or stop by when you can, taking extra safety precautions while providing in home senior care is important. Here are a few tips that can help keep your loved one safe. 

Bathroom Hazards 

More injuries occur in bathrooms than most other locations in the house. Fortunately, there are many simple steps that can make the bathroom safer for your elderly family member when providing in home care giving services.  

Burns 

In order to avoid burns, adjust the water heater temperature to have a high of around 120 degrees. (On many water heaters, this is as simple as setting it to “low.”) This helps prevent scalding and burning.  

If your loved one lives in an apartment and the water heater is not readily available, talk with the property owner to see what can be done. 

Falls 

Place rubber mats on the bathroom floor and inside the shower to reduce slipping. Install grab bars by the toilet and in the shower and bathtub to make moving easier.  

If your family member struggles climbing out of the tub, consider having a tub chair installed. For a bit more money, you might be interested in installing a bathtub with a door that opens so that your loved one can simply walk into the tub.

Fans 

Make sure the vent fan inside the bathroom is working properly. This helps remove moisture from the aid and reduces condensation buildup following a shower.  

Safety precautions for in home senior care are an important part of avoiding serious accidents and in ensuring your elderly family member a happy, healthy life.  

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