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How to Spot Senior Home Safety Issues in the New Year

Senior Home Safety in Herndon VA

With the new year comes new opportunities to improve many aspects of life. This is one of the reasons why so many people look forward to making New Year’s resolutions. When it comes to Senior-Home-Safety-Herndon-VAsenior home safety, there may be various issues that cause the elderly individual concerns or even their loved ones.

Here are a few ways that family members can actually pay closer attention to and spot potential safety issues for just about any senior living at home, whether they are alone or not.

Learn to experience the same challenges the senior faces.

Having empathy is one thing, but having direct physical experience in the challenges a person is facing is going to open up many new doorways to understanding.

In other words, if an elderly loved one has macular degeneration, glaucoma, or other serious vision related problems, a family member can blindfold themselves or use gauze wrapped around their eyes to simulate the challenges the senior may have getting around safely.

As a result, it becomes easier to understand how important proper lighting is and keeping walkways clear to avoid slip and fall accidents.


Spending time with the elderly individual and following them through their normal routine throughout the day is a great way to spot various challenges he or she may be having at the moment. For example, an elderly individual may have less strength than they used to, but they try to carry the laundry basket down the stairs with them to do laundry.

While following them down, it can be easier to see just how much they struggle to maintain their balance while descending or climbing the stairs. As a result, the value of a home care aide is indispensable because that individual would be able to carry the laundry down, put it in the washer, transfer to the dryer, and bring it back up where the senior can then fold it and put it away.


By reading as much information as a person can about various issues seniors generally face, it becomes easier to spot them occurring with an elderly loved one. Many people don’t see the challenges elderly individuals face when getting into and out of the shower. This is especially true for adult children, for example.

By reading about these particular challenges, it can open their eyes to the risk factors that exist on a daily basis. As a result of reading about these concerns seniors have when taking a shower, it can highlight the value of installing grab bars and maybe even a shower seat.

This year, focus more attention on improving safety for the senior in your life who is still living at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Herndon, VA, call the caring staff at Medical Professionals On Call today. 703-273-8818

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Mary McDonnell

Community Outreach Coordinator at Medical Professionals On-Call
I began my career as a Community Outreach Coordinator with Medical Professionals On-Call, on January 1, 2011.Going on six years now, I met so many wonderful people in this work that I have been able to guide and provide in home care services for.Ensuring that people I meet are satisfied and helped, by adding quality to their life, has been my greatest reward.
As a passionate and caring person, I always wanted a career where I could utilize my compassionate side in helping others. I have found it here with Med Pros.And the reason for our success, as an agency, is the core values the company believes in and practices every day.And those values are Trust, Empathy, and above all providing Outstanding Customer Service.My passion in what I do at Med Pros continues to grow as I find others thatI can help and add top in home quality care to their lives.

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