You may want to make a big difference for your aging adult’s safety, but if you don’t have a lot of time, you might think that you can’t really do anything. These tips only take a few minutes to implement.
How Visible Is the Street Number on Her House?
If the street number on your senior’s home is faded, obscured, or otherwise not visible from the road, that can be a safety concern. First responders might have a difficult time finding your elderly family member’s home if it’s not properly labeled. You can find reflective numbers that you can easily attach to the house or you might want to spray paint the number using a stencil in front of her home, especially if she has a curb.
Do You Have an Emergency Contact List Posted?
Most people use a cell phone these days that stores an entire phone book inside it. But that doesn’t mean that everyone always has the exact number they need. Save everyone some time and start a list of contact names and numbers that someone might need when helping your aging adult. Some of the people you might want to include could be family members, medical providers, and your senior’s pharmacy.
Are Electrical Cords Tucked Away?
Electrical cords are a major source of tripping injuries. If your senior has any cords that are crossing pathways or rooms, figure out how to get those tucked out of the way. Be very careful not to put anything on cords, such as rugs or furniture, though. The reason for this is that the cord can then become a fire hazard, which is another severe problem.
What Temperature Is the Water Heater Set On?
Take just a few minutes and locate the temperature setting on your senior’s water heater. If it’s set even a little bit too high, the water could scald your elderly family member. You might think that turning it down would create water that never quite gets hot enough, but amazingly that’s not the case. You’re not affecting comfort at all.
Are Any Light Bulbs Burnt Out?
Even one light bulb being out can make a room too dim for your aging adult to move around in comfortably. If the light bulbs are inconvenient to access, your senior may not be able to change them herself. Take the time to check light bulbs throughout the house now and again and change dead ones out as soon as you find them.
Hiring home care providers can be a great way to determine if you’re missing any safety marks. They can help you to narrow down any areas that need a little more attention so that you can get those corrected as soon as possible.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.