Seniors are at an increased risk for falls and other injuries around the home for a variety of reasons. In some cases, depth perception is not what it once was while in others bones are more brittle and there is a minimized level of mobility. Fortunately, around a third of all falls that seniors have are related to easily preventable risks in the home. You can protect your aging loved one and minimize their risk for injuries at home by fixing each of the following common problems, presented by the Las Vegas home care experts at Home Care Assistance.
– Probably the most common home tripping hazard, rugs are typically placed in high-traffic areas near doorways, and in kitchens and hallways. Make sure that all of the rugs in your loved one’s home have a slip-resistant backing or that rubber matting cut to the correct size of the rug is placed beneath it.
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– Our skin becomes more sensitive with age, and it can be easy for your loved one to burn his or herself when performing simple activities like washing the dishes or even taking a shower. Most hot water heaters have a default setting of 140 degrees, but turning it down to 120 degrees will not only save money but also decrease the chance of burns.
– Having proper lighting installed will help your loved one see where he or she is going and will highlight any obstacles that might cause a trip hazard. There should be a light switch near any doors to the outside so the home can be illuminated as soon as your loved one comes in the door. There should also be proper lighting such as extra lamps or nightlights in hallways and over stairs to help ensure maximum safety. Consider motion sensor lighting in one or more high-traffic areas as well.
You will find that the most hazardous spots in your home or apartment are typically the kitchen and bathroom, where your aging loved one spends a great deal of time on his or her feet. In addition to keeping these areas free of rugs and trip hazards, you may also want to consider hiring a part-time caregiver in Las Vegas. Professional and expertly trained, these caregivers can assist your loved one with personal care activities such as bathing and dressing and can also help with other household chores such as cooking and cleaning.
To learn more about the benefits of an in-home caregiver, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Las Vegas today. We provide flexible hourly and live-in care in Las Vegas and have a team of dedicated and friendly Care Managers who are available to answer questions and assist you 24/7. Call (702) 550-3185 and schedule a complimentary consultation today.