With advancements in health, the Baby Boomer generation is living longer than any generation before it. However, keeping your elderly loved ones safe at home is no easy task, especially when they live alone. At Choice Health Management Services, we take great pride in caring for your parents, so to commemorate National Safety Month, we want to share some key tips to help you maintain a safe and healthy home environment.
Tip #1: Prevent falls with proper products and preparation.
As we age, our bones weaken, and a fall that would barely affect a middle-aged adult can be fatal for an elderly individual. Fortunately, most falls can be prevented by simply removing dangerous barriers such as non-stick rugs, placing handrails in appropriate spots in the home such as the bathroom and staircases, and using walking aids such as canes or walkers.
Tip #2: Safety-proof the home.
Be sure to make the appropriate products and information available should an incident occur. This means keeping emergency numbers handy as well as a complete list of medications to take and when. Also, make escape exits known, set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding and check that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
Tip #3: Protect against abuse.
Another important tip is how to check for elder abuse. A few ways to keep your aging loved ones safe from abuse is by checking that all windows and doors remain locked, make sure no strangers are allowed in the home and remind your aging loved ones to avoid making purchases or signing contracts until they’ve talked with you.
If you have tips for keeping your aging loved ones safe, leave your recommendations in our comments. We’d love to hear from you!