Steps to Arranging for Elderly Care in Your Home
Elderly parents and grandparents are choosing to age in a home environment. The home may be theirs, or they may live in the home of a relative. If your parent or grandparent is moving into your home, it is important that you prepare for elderly care in your home. This means that your home should be senior friendly so the risk of accidents are reduced, the home is easier for the senior to access and offer your loved one more independence.
Make Sure the Environment Is Safe
The environment in your home should be as safe as possible for your loved one. Take the time to walk through every room of your home and look for potential hazards. Runners and carpets should be secured to the floor to prevent falls. The furniture should be also rearranged if necessary.
Make the Bathroom Safe
When preparing for elderly care in your home, make the bathroom fall resistant. Nonskid mats should be placed around the toilet, tub and sink areas. Grab bars should be installed around the shower area and the toilet area. A raised toilet may be necessary for seniors who have vision problems. Electrical outlets should be covered if your loved one has dementia.
Reduce the Risk of Falls
Fall risks can be reduced if small appliances are placed slightly below shoulder height. This will prevent your senior from using step ladders to access out of reach items. Replace glass and ceramic dinnerware with plastic dishes.
Furniture should not only be rearranged, it should also be secured in the home. Beds, chairs and other furniture should not move when your loved one gets up or sits on furniture.
Install Night Lights
Night lights should be installed in the:
Having a night light in each of these critical areas will allow your loved one to walk to the bathroom safely at night without assistance. The lighting fixtures should provide enough illumination to help the senior with mobility.
Elderly care in your home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you and your loved one. Offer your loved one greater independence by making your home safe and inviting for seniors.
Does your loved one need care and assistance when you are not available? Evergreen Private Care has experienced and compassionate caregivers who can provide the assistance and care your loved one needs when you have other obligations. You will know that your loved one is being safely cared for at all times. Call for a free assessment.