Your parents have been married for more than 50 years. They are an inspiration to you and the rest of your family. During these past few years, though, they’ve called on you to help them with certain tasks around the house. You’ve been more than willing to help and you’re glad you live close enough to make a difference. After all, you feel like you owe them the world.
One thing you’re concerned about, though, is their safety.
When seniors get older, safety becomes a more pressing issue. There are certain things you might be able to do to improve safety for them and below are some tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Secure points of entry.
You might be focused on hazards throughout the house, but you certainly want to make sure their points of entry in the house are secure. This includes the front door, side door, back door, windows, and anywhere else somebody could potentially get in.
These points of entry should be easy to close, close firmly, and be easy to lock. If any of the locks are tough to maneuver, such as old hardware on outdated windows, it might be time to consider replacing them.
Tip #2: Improve lighting indoor and out.
A lot of attention gets placed on indoor lighting to reduce shadows that can pose tripping hazards, but outdoor lighting is also important. Even though we’re moving into summer and daylight is increasing, after June 21 the days will once again get shorter. It’s a good idea to make sure there are plenty of outdoor lights and if there are motion sensors, they are working properly.
Tip #3: Pay attention to what your parents are throwing out.
Identity theft is a serious issue in this country and around the world. You have no idea who might be walking around, checking out their neighbors, and sifting through the garbage looking for personal and identifiable information.
If your parents are throwing out bills without shredding them first, get them a shredder and advise them to always shred documents with personal information, including account numbers, Social Security numbers, and more.
Tip #4: Get to know their neighbors.
Your parents may be more reclusive or they’ve experienced a lot of turnover with their neighbors, but whether or not they are friendly with them, it’s a good idea for you to get to know them, too. When you get to know their neighbors, you can feel more confident that they’re surrounded by nice, friendly people who will look out for their best interest, too.
If you are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Crestline, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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