Elder Care: Creating a Safe Home for Your Aging Parents

Posted on November 9th, 2009

Your Parent’s House

Home may be where the heart is but it can be hazardous to your aging parent’s health and safety.  Are you concerned about your parents falling in their own home? What if your parent lives alone?

Falls for seniors can be hazardous. More than one-third of adults age 65 and older fall at least once each year. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma among adults over 65. And, almost half of all falls occur in the  home.

Simple, Safe and Practical Tips for Your Senior’s Home

  1. Remove clutter
  2. Secure carpet edges and remove small throw rugs that can cause slipping
  3. Keep often-used items in cabinets within easy reach so a step stool is not necessary
  4. Install grab bars next to the toliet and in the tub or shower
  5. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  6. Improve lighting in your home.  Night lights and lighted switches help illuminate pathways and floors
  7. Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases
  8. Wear shoes that give good support and have thin non-slip soles.  Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads
  9. Ensure that the telephone can be reached from the floor
  10. Eliminate chairs that can not be gotten into or out of easily

Elder Connections Wants to Help

Our home health aides are available for ongoing supervision and assistance with walking, bathing, and transferring from place to place.  Elder Connections provides solutions for peace of mind.

By: Evelyn A. Fiumara, B.S. – Community Liaison for Elder Connections

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