No matter how much you may want to be with your parents, it may not be possible to live with them or be with them all the time. You probably have your own family and your work which keep you busy, and this may affect the time you have to spend with your parents. But whether you can visit your parents every day or only once a month, there are some steps you can take in order to make sure they are safe and cared for in their own home. Here are a few tips on making sure your elderly parents are safe and secure in their abode.
Assess their home
The first step you need to take is to assess their home and make sure that it is properly equipped. Take a look at any hazards, such as loose carpets or rugs, or furniture which is awkwardly-shaped or too bulky, making navigation extra challenging. You should also check if detectors for carbon monoxide or smoke are working properly, and if their home doesn’t have these kinds of detectors, have them installed. The cords and cables of appliances and electrical gadgets should be tucked away, reducing the likelihood of slips or falls.
Assess the bathroom
The bathroom is often where more than a few accidents happen, and it’s important to pay extra attention to this area. To make the bathroom safer, it may be good to install bathroom grab bars or rails, not only in the shower or bath but also on the wall around the toilet. The bathroom should also have some non-skid pads or strips, especially in the shower or bath. Unplug any electrical gadgets in the bathroom and make sure they are well away from any water source.
Assess the lighting
It may also be wise to install more lights in the home as an additional precautionary measure. For instance, you can have nightlights installed in particular areas, such as in the bedroom of your parents as well as the hall outside their bedroom. Nightlights should also be placed in the kitchen, living area, and bathroom so there is enough illumination in the house even at night.
Provide your parents with easy and convenient access to a telephone, especially at night. A mobile phone should be installed with telephone numbers which your parents can call in case there is an emergency. Every member of the family or a live in care provider should have the numbers of physicians and the number of a person to call if there is an emergency, and they should also be provided with information about your parents’ medical issues or conditions, such as whether one of them has diabetes or has suffered from a stroke in the past.
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