How Safe Are Your Senior’s Living Areas?

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Keeping your senior safe at home is one of your biggest priorities as her caregiver, but it sometimes feels like a complicated series of tasks. Try to break the project down and focus on one area of her home at a time.

Check the Carpet and Throw Rugs

Flooring is a huge safety concern for aging adults. Your elderly family member’s ability to continue to move safely through her home is crucial. Look for anything that makes her flooring potentially dangerous, such as humps, bumps, or holes. Throw rugs are particularly dangerous, so it’s a good idea to remove them entirely.

Senior Care Mt. Gilead OH - How Safe Are Your Senior’s Living Areas?

Senior Care Mt. Gilead OH – How Safe Are Your Senior’s Living Areas?

Lighting Is Crucial

Besides flooring, lighting is the next most crucial item on the list. If your senior can’t see obstacles or problems, it’s impossible for her to avoid them. Automatic lighting sensors can be just the answer you’re looking for. They’ll turn on the lights automatically when your senior enters the room so she can see. You might also want to check how bright the lighting is, just in case.

Clutter Can Cause Big Problems

Another potential issue is any type of clutter. Clothing, knick knacks, or other objects including furniture can all become a huge tripping hazard for your aging family member. Move whatever you can out of the way and make sure that very little is left on the floor, if that’s at all possible. Try to find a location for everything so that it’s out of the way.

Check Phone Locations

It’s important that your elderly family member has a phone handy in case she needs to call someone for help. If she has a landline phone, make sure that there are phones in each room. You might also want to create a list of emergency phone numbers and tape that to the back of the phone. If the phone allows you to store numbers in it, that’s even better.

Simplify Wherever You Can

The biggest thing that you can do for your senior’s safety is to simplify her living arrangements as much as possible. For some people, it’s difficult to do that easily, though. The less extra “stuff” your senior has, the easier it is for her to not only keep the home clean but also avoid potential problems.

Working with senior care providers can help you to stay on top of safety concerns in all of the areas of your senior’s home. They have a great deal of experience in knowing what to watch for in terms of keeping aging adults much safer while they’re at home.

If you are considering Senior Care Services in Mt. Gilead OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.