Caregiving at Home: Senior Safety Checklist
Homes are meant to provide shelter, comfort and security. There’s no other place like it like the secure feeling of being home. But is it for seniors? One of the key determinants for healthy aging is a safe environment. Hence, making sure that our elderly loved ones are in safe surroundings should be a priority. If we chose to care for our senior loved ones at home, we may need to make home modifications to keep them away from harm.
It is important for us to address the risks that seniors might face at home, especially those who are already unsteady on their feet. There are issues that we need to consider getting fixed. If we work to solving these problems, then we will have peace of mind knowing that our loved ones can move around without having to harm themselves. It might take time and effort to accomplish, but great caregivers are willing to put their lives on hold for their loved ones. Being a caregiver takes perseverance and determination. An emotional and mellow caregiver book by Eleanor Gaccetta, One’s Caregiver’s Journey, is a testimony to this. In this book, she shares a realistic account of her life as a caregiver. She also offers tips on how to be successful with the work, including enlightenment to keep a safe caregiving environment.
So, how do we make sure that we are providing the best care for our loved ones in this matter? Reading this blog will deliver an essential checklist to know how to achieve a safer and more secure environment for caregiving.
Despite the country lifting restrictions, the coronavirus is still very much present. In fact, new variants are surging. With the pandemic still going on, it is important for caregivers to focus on sanitary aspects of the house more than ever. Cleaning and disinfection are still a primary focus to keep seniors safe since they are the ones who are facing significant risks for severe symptoms should they contract the virus. With this in mind, there is also a need for caregivers—as they are the ones in contact with the seniors—to make sure that they also practice good hygiene and safety.
Learning about safe food choices can benefit seniors in many ways. For instance, seniors are prone to foodborne illnesses. Making sure that we are familiar with special dietary needs and ensure those foods are inside the fridge. Never let the pantry run out of healthy food. You might also check if quality of nutrition present in everything that’s available. Moreover, it is essential to assess the elderly’s capacity to prepare food on their own and to operate kitchen tools and equipment properly. If not, you might want to change things up a bit.
One of the riskiest areas in the house for the elderly is the bathroom. Bathrooms have lots of corners and edges in sinks, bathtubs and showers. The potential risk for falls it makes it one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. Seniors must have the confidence to go to the bathroom by themselves without the fear of hurting themselves. members or caregivers can ensure that there are grab bars and handles in the most important areas to avoid falling. Avoid rugs or bath mats which are a primary source of trips and falls. If the bathroom has tile floors they should have texture to avoid slipping. Ensuring that the bathroom is clean and sanitized is one of the most important safety features.
Darkened rooms can be a danger to seniors. Caregivers need to assess that all areas of the home are well lit and lights are working properly. Today LED lighting options offer solutions to ensure loved ones are comfortable and can see clearly. Caregivers should assess the lighting by standing in one corner of the room and looking across the room. Can you see a clear path? If you don’t, then the place might need to be brightened a little bit more.
A complete home assessment is required by rehabilitation centers before releasing senior patients back home. Families trying to decide if an elderly loved one can be home also need to complete such. Home preparation is a must to ensure a save environment and peace of mind for the caregiver.