Keeping Your Aging Parents Safe at Home

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by CarePro Blogger

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Did you know that one out of every three people over the age of 65 experiences a fall at least once a year? Knowing that your parents may be a part of that statistic is worrisome but not necessary. There is plenty that can be done to help the elderly, even if they live alone and you can’t be with them all the time. At CarePro we care about your loved ones and that is why during this National Safety Month, we are giving you some tips on how to keep them safe.

It is important to understand that as we age, we can’t do some things we were able to do just a few years ago. Your parents might need to make some drastic changes in their lives, such as moving to a new house or an assisted living facility where someone will take care of them 24/7. But first, there are some things you can do to help them live in the environment they are used to.

  • The most dangerous areas in every home:
    • Bathroom
    • Kitchen
    • Home Accessibility

These are areas where most injuries happen, with shower related injuries leading the way. Preventing injuries while in the bath can be easily done just by adding non-slip mats in the shower and on the floor, where water is most commonly found. If getting out of the shower is the difficult part, grab bars can help your parents exit more easily. Another thing you can do to improve bathroom safety is putting in raised toilet seats. As your parents get older, the muscles that straighten the knees weaken, which can make getting up from the toilet difficult. Consider using door locks that can be opened from both sides as well.

Making sure your parents are safe while cooking can be trickier, because the kitchen is usually full of sharp and flammable objects. It is important to remember that knives should always be in either in the rack or in a drawer. And since you’re putting the knife there, think about putting the glasses and other kitchen utensils in a drawer as well, so your parents wouldn’t have to overreach and injure themselves in the process. Finally, check if all the appliances are up to date and have the automatic off switch; everyone forgets if they left the stove on sometimes.

If your parents are in a wheelchair or have difficulties going down the stairs, getting in and out of the house can be a problem. But that doesn’t mean they should spend all their time locked inside. With equipment from CarePro Home Medical, they can go on about their day with no difficulty at all.

 

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