Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone with In Home Help
The ability to stay in the comforts of home, in our familiar environment and community, is highly desired by most people. We want to live where we are comfortable and stay active in our local community events and social circles. As we age, remaining at home can be a little more complicated, but it does not mean it is impossible.
When it comes to independent living at home for a senior, safety is the top priority for making it a success. Taking the time to properly scan an elderly loved one’s home for any potential hazards is especially helpful. Look for any trip hazards such as loose items on the floor, scatter rugs that are not tacked down, and cords that are not properly secured. Make sure to tie up and tuck cords, create an organizational space for loose items to be stored, and tack down or remove area rugs.
Another safety tip for seniors who live alone is check for expired food in the refrigerator. Spoiled foods can cause sickness and should be discarded. It is common for leftovers to get shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten, so it’s important to do a weekly check of uneaten foods that can be tossed out.
Keeping safety in mind at all times is important when it comes to living alone. If a senior loved one is living independently in their home, it is important to have all necessary doctor and emergency contact phone numbers listed near every phone in the home. Having easy access to these numbers is helpful should your loved one have a forgetful moment or if a visitor should witness an emergency situation.
When living alone, it is helpful to get to know your neighbors. It isn’t necessary to become frequent dinner dates, but it is good to have an extra set of ears to hear any cries for help or to keep an eye on the home for any suspicious activity while away. Consider installing security motion detector lights for extra peace of mind.
For more peace of mind regarding an elderly loved one, in home help is another wonderful option. Highly trained and compassionate caregivers can be there on a weekly or daily basis to help out with household chores, assist with driving to appointments, and provide medication reminders. A regular visitor is also great for providing stimulation and companionship.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 423-710-1500! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Chattanooga provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain, and surrounding areas.