November is National Home Care Month and it’s a great time to learn more about how home care can help seniors stay safe at home as they get older. Most seniors want to stay in their homes as they get older but their families are concerned about their safety. As seniors get older there are more safety risks around the house that can lead to accidents like falls. If your senior loved one wants to age in place and you’re concerned about them being safe at home having a personal care at home provider can help by:
Help With Cooking
Cooking can be dangerous for seniors. Using the stove safely, handling hot pans and pots, and chopping and slicing things are just a few of the dangerous activities that seniors do in the kitchen. With a personal care at home provider in the home with your senior loved one you will be able to worry less about their safety in the kitchen. Their home care provider can help with all the different aspects of cooking and cleaning up so that your senior loved one is safe in the kitchen.
Help With Reducing Fall Risk
Falls at home are a serious problem for seniors and you’re smart to be concerned about that. But a personal care at home provider can go through the house and make sure that there are no furniture or rugs or other objects scattered around the house that your senior loved one might trip on or fall over. A home care provider can also move piles of clutter and organize and put away laundry and other items that might make walking around the house hazardous for your senior loved one.
Help With Medications
Managing medications can be difficult for seniors. Trying to keep track of what medications they need to take and when those medications need to be taken can be very confusing for seniors. Home health providers can portion out your senior loved one’s prescription medications so that your senior loved one always get the medications they need at the right time. When your senior loved one has help keeping track of their medications you won’t have to worry about them overdosing on medications or not getting the medications that they are supposed to have.
If your senior loved one has dementia there is a very real risk that they will wander. They may go for a walk and forget where they are, or they may wander out of the house in the middle of the night because they are in a dream like state. When you have a home care provider that is in the house with your senior loved one you can rest easy knowing that your senior loved one won’t slip out of the house unnoticed. The 24-hour care provider can make sure that your senior loved one stays in the house or at least doesn’t leave the house unaccompanied. That way your senior parent will always be able to get safely home again.