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What Can You Do Quickly to Make Your Senior Feel Safer at Home?

When it comes to making sure that your aging adult is as safe as possible at home, you may have limited resources as her caregiver. Often improving safety quickly is vital, while adhering to a limited budget can also be important.

Home Care Services Puyallup WA - What Can You Do Quickly to Make Your Senior Feel Safer at Home?

Home Care Services Puyallup WA – What Can You Do Quickly to Make Your Senior Feel Safer at Home?

Remove as Much Clutter as You Can

Clutter can be one of the biggest problems for your aging adult when it comes to maintaining a safe home. Clutter can create tripping hazards and lead to serious injuries. Your senior may have a different idea about clutter than you do, however, so you may need to negotiate a bit about what gets moved and to where.

Change out Light Bulbs for Brighter Versions

Even if you feel as if your senior’s rooms are quite bright enough, she may be experiencing vision changes which require a bit more light in order for her to see properly. Go through the different light fixtures and check what types of bulbs are in them currently. Upgrade the bulbs to LED bulbs, which are usually brighter and more cost effective.

Install Hand rails

Hand rails are vital for your senior to be able to catch herself if she falls or to stabilize her balance. While hand rails are usually installed in stairways and bathrooms, consider adding them to any area where your elderly family member might need them. Long hallways are an excellent place to install them, as are kitchens.

Turn Down the Temperature on the Hot Water Heater

Scalding is another serious cause for concern. You can install anti-scalding devices on showers, tubs, and faucets, but an even easier and more inexpensive option is to turn the temperature down on the hot water heater. This is really easy to do and you’ll likely never notice any difference in the hot water when you use it. The big positive is that it reduces the risk of scalding.

Keep a list of the larger projects that need to be handled to make your senior’s home safer so that you can tackle them as soon as you’re able.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Puyallup WA, contact the caring staff at Hospitality Home Care today. Call us at (206) 966-6552.

Marlene Diaz

Care Supervisor at Hospitality Home Care
Marlene brings to Hospitality Home Care's Care Supervisor Team an unprecedented level of passion for caring for others and a wealth of knowledge and understanding in the care services field. Marlene has worked in the healthcare field for more than 15 years in a variety of settings including, adult family home administration, home care HR supervising and working with specialty populations including dementia, mental health and developmental disabilities. Throughout this time Marlene has also maintained her caregiver credentials that she obtained as a teenager because, while her knowledge is best served helping to train caregivers and assist families to get the care they need, her heart is most fulfilled when she is providing care to others. When she is not in the office, you will most likely find Marlene caring for her family, or spending time with her friends.