Home is usually the safest place a senior can be. However, there are potential hazards in the home that may seem somewhat insignificant to younger adults, but can be dangerous for an older person with limited mobility or other age-related health conditions. Warren elder care experts have put together a list of 5 hidden dangers to watch out for in your elderly loved one’s home.
1. Electrical Cords
Your loved one’s home likely has electrical cords in almost every room. If left unsecured, these cords can cause trips and falls that lead to injury. Keep your loved one safe by coiling the cords and using tape to reroute them along the walls.
2. Patterned Carpet
It may look attractive, but patterned and deep pile carpeting can make it more difficult for your loved one to see the outlines of steps, which can lead to injury. Stick to solid color carpet with a shallow pile to help your loved one see the steps and objects on the floor.
3. Kitchen Appliances on High Shelves
If your loved one enjoys cooking, make sure the appliances he or she uses most often aren’t too high to reach. Help reorganize the kitchen by placing frequently used appliances, spices, and canned goods within easy reach. Storing these items on high shelves may cause your loved one to use an unsteady chair to reach them, resulting in a fall.
4. Clutter Around the Stove
Paper towels, small appliances, and rags often pile up on the kitchen counters. If these items get too close to a heat source like the stove, they could catch fire. Organize your loved one’s kitchen to keep the counters clear and clutter-free so he or she can cook safely.
5. No Light Near the Bed
If your loved one needs to get up in the middle of the night, he or she should be able to easily light the room from the bedside. Place a small lamp on your loved one’s dresser or nightstand so he or she doesn’t have to walk in the dark to find a light switch, which can result in bumping into furniture or tripping. It’s a good idea to place a flashlight near the bed in case of a power outage.
If your loved one lives independently, making sure he or she stays safe should be a top priority. Turn to the senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance for the help you and your loved one need. Our caregivers can assist your loved one with mobility, take care of tasks in the kitchen like cooking and cleaning, and assist with many daily activities. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Warren families trust. For more information and to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a knowledgeable Care Manager, call 908.450.9400 today.