Senior Home Safety
Keeping seniors safer at home is often a top priority for family members. They might see certain issues that cause them concern, especially when they begin thinking more clearly about the challenges their elderly family member faces on a daily basis.
For example, a handrail along the stairs may be loose. There could be a step that is not quite as secure as it should be. When they walk up and down the stairs, that younger, stronger, healthier family member may suddenly lose their balance, even if only for a slight moment.
Suddenly a dawning reality occurs: they realize their elderly family member may not be so lucky as to be able to regain their composure and balance as quickly as they did. Now, they might set out to take care of the problem themselves.
There are many issues that can improve safety for seniors within the comfort of their own home.
Addressing these issues is the most important first step. However, repairing them or having them corrected is the next step and there should be no delay in getting to them. A lot of people today have a tendency to fix things around the house themselves. There are plenty of resources available to provide insight and information, but nothing beats the experience of a professional contractor who has done this type of work for years at improving safety for seniors within the comfort of their own home.
It may be seen as an unnecessary expense, especially for those who have a tendency to do their own carpentry or repair work around the house. However, there is no second chances with regard to safety for seniors.
Someone who may do their own work might have a pretty good idea about how to find wall studs. There are tools and other devices that make it easier for people to anchor shelves and even picture frames into the wall studs as opposed to just the wallboard, but when you’re attempting to hang grab bars in a tub or shower surround, those devices don’t work as well. In fact, they might not work at all.
Those devices could provide a false positive, meaning the individual may assume he or she is anchoring the grab bars into the wall studs when in fact they’re going into nothing more than the ceramic tile or linoleum surface of the tub or shower surround and some wallboard.
For those who value safety for their elderly loved one most, they should hire an experienced handyman or professional contractor to do these jobs instead.
If you or a loved one are interested in senior home safety, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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