Safety Checklist for Your Home
Providing the absolute best care for your disabled or elderly loved one can be extremely difficult to do alone. Keeping them safe and secure on a daily basis is often the main thing that weighs heavily on a person’s heart and mind. In-home assistance offers your loved one the exceptional care they require and deserve, as well as the peace and comforting assurance you long for.
These services cover meal preparation, light housework, companionship, and ultimately work to create a comfortable living environment that is supervised by our dedicated and highly trained caregivers.
With the risk of injury and falling being so high for seniors, special care and action should be taken to safeguard them against the potential dangers of the home as much as possible. Following this checklist can help to reduce the amount of hazards existing in the home and create an overall safer place for your loved one to live in.
Protect Your Loved One With A Home Safety Checklist
Minimize Fall Risks
According to the CDC, millions of seniors over the age of 65 fall every year. Due this alarmingly high rate, it’s no surprise that fall prevention is one one most crucial ways you can help to protect your loved one. To minimize their risk for falling you should:
- Clear any clutter and/or debris they may be on the floor.
- Remove rugs that are located at the top or bottom of stairs.
- Add or reinforce handrails.
- Make sure all cords and extension cords are clear from high-traffic areas.
- Ensure that the home is adequately lit, especially near stairs.
- Make sure walkways are flat and not slick.
Bathroom Safety Measures
A fall by your elderly loved one can cause critical injury and potentially be fatal. The bathroom commonly poses an increased risk to these falls based on its wet and slippery surfaces. Safety measures to help prevent dangerous slips and falls in the bathroom include:
- Install a bench in the shower
- Put a no-slip rubber mat in your bathtub or shower
- Add grab bars by the toilet and tub/shower for support
The kitchen is another area of the home that commonly needs the implementation of safety measures to ensure an elderly loved one stays protected from harm. Depending on the specifics on your situation, these measures can include the following:
- Keep pots, pans, and appliances at waist level if your loved one cooks in the kitchen
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of a fire
- If possible, disconnect the stove if your loved one shouldn’t cook and you are not home.
General Safety Procedures
Along with the fall prevention steps and kitchen and bath safety methods, there are some additional things you can do to protect the home and those in it. These general safety measures include:
- Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed in the home.
- Set the hot water heater to no more than 120° Fahrenheit to prevent scalding.
- Develop an emergency escape plan and review the exits and routes.
- Keep combustibles such as curtains away from fire or heat sources.
Keeping Seniors Safe With In-Home Assistance
This home safety checklist is a good fundamental start at keeping your elderly parent and/or disabled loved one safe and lessening the risk for falls. However, often seniors get to a point where they require more attentive care and safety supervision to ensure their wellbeing.
If you are considering in-home assistance to better safeguard the senior you love, contact Options In-Home Care today. Offering services throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, our experienced caregivers take great strides to making sure each of one their patients is given the personalized care and quality assistance they need.