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If You Don’t Think Twice About Safety Issues, You Could Be Missing Key Signs for an Aging Parent

Senior Home Safety in Tallahassee FL

As a family caregiver or just an adult child of an elderly parent who is helping out, you may have a lot of things on your mind. It can be overwhelming trying to keep track of so many different Senior-Home-Safety-in-Tallahassee-FLthings going on.

Your top priority is likely the safety and well-being of that senior at home. You might discourage them from going for walks, doing yardwork, or even trying to do the laundry by themselves. After all, if they have to carry a laundry basket full of dirty clothes down to the washer and dryer in the basement, that would be a pretty risky endeavor for somebody who has limited strength and mobility, right?

A lot of people have a tendency to see things from their own perspective.

You may see certain issues around the house to be concerned about, especially with regard to safety. You see your elderly mother struggling to get up and down stairs, and then you notice her pulling out a step stool to reach a cabinet in the kitchen. That would be an obvious problem, right?

Yes, but there are probably numerous other safety issues you to simply don’t notice.

What surface is the floor in the bathroom? That doesn’t seem like a big issue, right? You’ve never slipped in there, so why would you even think twice about it?

When linoleum or ceramic tile gets wet, it becomes slick. If the senior is having difficulty with their balance and strength in their legs, stepping out of the tub after a shower could lead to slips. If they slip, even just a little bit, it can cause a fall and serious injuries.

The same is true around the kitchen area, especially near the sink. Water is likely going to spill from time to time on the floor surface. If it’s linoleum tile, again it can be extremely slick.

A loose handrail can also be a problem in some situations. If the senior relies on the handle of a stairwell for balance, strength, and support getting up the stairs, and it pulls free from the wall because it was loose, what’s going to happen?

We often don’t want to think about those things, but those are the exact issues a more experienced home care aide would likely be looking for. When you rely on experience, you help improve the outlook for safety, comfort, and a high quality of life for the senior tremendously.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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