How to Keep Elderly Relatives Safe at Home
As your loved ones start to age and lose some of their mobility, it’s important to figure out how much care they may need, and by whom. Except in cases of extreme physical or mental disability, it is probably not necessary for an elderly family member to move into a nursing home. But what can you do to make sure they’re still safe at their home.
If you’ve never cared for an elderly family member, however, this may all be foreign to you. You need not flounder, however.
Just do these very simple things to improve your loved one’s at-home life:
- Put in safety and mobility features
- Enable alerts for health emergencies
- Consider extra precautions for mental health issues
- Safely pursue social interactions
Install General Safety Features
You should install safety features of some kind around stairs, in bathrooms, and around the places where your loved ones tend to spend most of their time. For example, a simple bar in the shower can keep a senior from falling and suffering an injury.
Older adults become disproportionately more likely to injure themselves in the bathroom; those 85 and older are over five times more likely than those 55-65. By taking an afternoon to fix extremely slippery areas, add grab bars near potential falling hazards, and otherwise make things a little easier to access in the bathroom, you can drastically increase a loved one’s likelihood of staying safe at home.
Make It Easy to Call for Help
If something bad does happen, the loved one in question needs to be able to call for help. A common option is an alert system that an elderly person wears around the neck or wrist that only has one button on it. In the event of a problem, a push of the button alerts that person’s crisis team.
If that’s not available or easily accessible in your area, make sure the relative carries a cell phone at all times, even just a simple flip phone. With the rise of smart devices, you may be able to program a smart device to automatically send you a message or give you a call if your elderly relative says a short phrase. No matter how you accomplish it, make sure your loved one can call out for help.
Go a Little Further for Mental Decline
Many seniors deal with their mind deteriorating as well as their body. If your loved one is dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s and has a hard time with day-to-day life, you need to make sure you’re keeping the house safe.
Essentially, do everything you’d do to “child-proof” a house. Lock away potentially dangerous chemicals, secure breakable objects, and make the home easier to navigate. Make sure you’re thinking about the unexpected. Someone may choose to move-in or come over everyday to make sure everything’s going smoothly.
Encourage Safer Interactions with Neighbors
Being part of a community can be immensely helpful for seniors. Oftentimes, seniors feel cut off from their community. They may have had friends from many years ago who’ve moved away or passed on. Being unable to get out and socialize as much as they want can contribute to that frustration. At the same time, you need to make sure they’re staying safe when talking to those neighbors. You can try to help with both of those things by using PeopleFinders.
With PeopleFinders, you may be able to get the information you need to keep your elderly relatives safe. Perform an address lookup on your loved one’s home (and their neighbors’) to try and get more information about the neighborhood and the individuals who live nearby.
Say you or your relative do decide to start meeting people directly. There, the people search can potentially give you access to information on who the neighbors are, where they’re from, and potential criminal backgrounds.
If you want to help your elderly relatives, you can make it easier for them to live their day-to-day lives with just a few easy changes. These don’t even take much time to implement. You could essentially do it without even having to take time off work. Whether you’re improving their home or improving their social life, spending time with your elderly relatives can only lead to something good.
Use the tools at PeopleFinders to try and keep your elderly relatives safe when they do go out and start socializing. A strong social life is essential to physical and mental health. And with these powerful tools, you can help them do it in the best way possible.
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