Safety Tips for Seniors who Live Alone and In Home Help
It comes as no surprise that it is very important to remain the comforts of a familiar home and community for as long as possible for many senior adults. Whether your senior loved one is recovering from surgery, illness or just needs some help with household duties, in home help from a family loved one or professional is a very popular and common option. Staying active while maintaining friendships and attending local events within their community is the key to a more positive outlook on life and happiness.
The key to healthy living in the comforts of home is safety. Some safety tips for seniors who live alone include keeping a clean home with minimal clutter. It’s important to be sure the house is kept in a relatively tidy condition. If your senior loved one is already having difficulty with balance or experiencing poor eyesight, there needs to be a clear path in the home at all times. Loose electrical cords or throw rugs can be hazardous, and loose items left on the floor and stairs cause a fall. It helps if someone regularly visits to be sure the home is generally picked up and that the floors are free of spills.
Another safety tip to prevent falls in the home is to provide a senior loved one with nonskid slippers. Socks can be slippery on wood and tiled floors, so the extra grip is helpful. Keeping walking aids readily available and keep a nightlight on in hallways and bathrooms. Closing closet and cabinet doors after each use is also helpful to prevent possible tripping and bruising.
If your senior loved one is still very active in their community, they will appreciate living at home. In senior care is an option to help them maintain this lifestyle. Some simple changes around the house can make daily activities simpler such as storing items on lower shelves for easy reach; leave a step stool at ready access, and tacking or taping down fraying carpets. Rearranging furniture to allow for easy moving throughout the house is also helpful. In home help from a family member is very beneficial and professional care also includes light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, as well as companionship.
Not only is a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home very expensive, it is can also be very detrimental to your elderly loved one’s overall outlook on life. A life altering move to nursing home can be very confusing and stressful. This major move away from familiar routine may lead to loneliness and depression. Whenever possible, it is best to provide the extra care needed in the comforts of home.
Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, 805-687-7777, understands that most seniors have a strong desire to remain independent in their home for as long as possible. The dependable and highly trained caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara can provide the indepth senior care they need, especially during the hot summer months that will allow them to live with dignity in their home for as long as possible.