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Senior Care Safety Checklist: Steps to make sure your loved one is safe

Jul 14th 2014 at 11:02 PM

The growing statistics prove that at some point in our lives, we may face the responsibility to care for our elderly parent, aunt or guardian. Let’s face it; providing care for seniors is no easy feat. There is a fair share of uncertainty, fear and anxiety attached to the notion. Call it fear of the unknown or simple jitters, we need to come to terms with the situation.

The best possible solution would be to hire the help of a senior home care agency. Even so, there are some measures that need to be taken to ensure their safety. These are a few things that we generally overlook yet can prove fatal to the wellbeing of our loved ones:

1. Remove Objects that Threaten a Fall

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006 reported that almost 1/3rd of seniors aged 65 and above in the United States reported falls. This is due to several slippery objects that lie about. Remove rugs that could risk a fall. Furthermore, if your house has tiles flooring, try to make use of carpets so as to reduce any risks of slipping.

2. Install Equipments for Walking Aid

Chances are that your elder has a weak knee. This makes walking difficult. Install the aid of ramps and railing for climbing the stairs or near the bed. Be certain that these installations are all secure and do not come loose.

3. Document a Meal Plan, Allergies, Medications

As old age sinks in, our memory tends to fail us. For the benefit of your senior, have a meal plan prepared and timings of when the medications have to be taken. Make a list of foods that are prohibited and can cause harm or allergies. This is ideal for elders with diabetes etc. This documentation will further assist the caregiver too.

4. Provide a Phone that is Accessible

In case of an emergency, it is best that your elder person have an emergency contact. Get a phone that has a clearly defined dialing buttons. Keep a list of contacts, and discuss this with the caregiver.

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