Keeping your senior safe is probably one of your biggest goals, but it doesn’t have to take up a ton of time. These are just a few safety fixes that you can run through in a few minutes, even if you plan to do them more than once.
Check Light Bulbs
Light bulbs are a huge safety issue, although you might not think of them as a safety tool. If your senior can’t see well because light bulbs are out, she’s more likely to have an accident. Take a few minutes and check every light bulb in the house. It shouldn’t take too long, and you can go ahead and change them now. Doing this every few months helps make sure you don’t miss any.
Put Together an Emergency Contact List
It’s a good idea to have one central emergency contact list that is easily accessible for anyone helping your elderly family member. You might want to print out a list and consider having it laminated to protect it. You could include your senior’s doctor’s office, her pharmacy, and family members and friends who need to know what might be going on.
Get Electrical Cords out of the Way
Light bulbs are a big problem and so too are electrical cords. Make sure that there aren’t any cords crossing any pathways in your senior’s home. Tuck them behind and around furniture as much as you can. Make sure you don’t put them underneath carpeting, though, because that can create a fire hazard.
Check the Water Heater
What temperature is your senior’s water heater set to right now? It’s easy to check and it can help your elderly family member to avoid accidentally burning herself with water that’s too hot. She’ll still have hot water for everything that requires it, but she’s going to be much safer in the long run.
Verify That There’s a Visible Street Number
Some areas require a visible street number and the city or municipality will come and paint the number on the curb. Even if that’s not required or available in your area, it’s a good idea to make sure that the street number for your senior’s home is easily viewed from the street and especially in the dark. It only takes a few minutes to install those numbers and they can be helpful in an emergency.
It’s tough to keep up with safety considerations when you’re a busy family caregiver. Hiring elderly care providers can give you a way to keep up with all of your senior’s safety needs. They can also help your elderly family member with specific tasks to make her life easier as well as safer.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.