Senior Home Safety in Jenkintown PA
Safety is often a major concern among family members, especially when they have a senior living at home alone. It may not be practical to have the elderly individual move in with an adult child or some other family member, and that may not be something they want to do, but that doesn’t mean safety has to be ignored.
There are many steps to staying safe within one’s home. A family that focuses on safety for themselves and everyone in the family will be more likely to encourage an elderly loved one to follow suit.
For example, if the members of the family don’t pay much attention to the smoke detectors, especially the batteries in them, except when the warning alarm goes off in the middle of night (isn’t it always during the middle of the night?) Then there are going to be much less likely to pay attention to this important safety factor for an elderly loved one.
However, on the flipside of that coin, if families get into the habit of checking the batteries on their smoke detectors and even replacing them every three months, it can improve safety for everyone, including seniors who may be living at home alone.
Having working smoke detectors and even carbon monoxide detectors in each home can save lives. In fact, according to some statistics, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are estimated to be responsible for saving a number of people ().
Another factor with regard to safety for seniors at home is getting exercise.
If a family is less inclined to exercise because that has never been their thing, how would they be able to convince an elderly loved one to exercise, even if they are recovering from a heart attack and that’s exactly what the doctor recommended?
It’s time to think about things in terms of overall health as well as what to expect in the future. When a family starts to exercise together, they will be in a better position to convince their elderly loved one to take part in physical activities as well.
Finally, while exercise on a regular basis can improve strength and, ultimately balance, the family that goes over every aspect of their home, from lighting to loose steps, and everything in between, is more likely going to help maintain safety for their elderly loved one at home.
Staying safe at home for seniors may be challenging, depending on the physical limitations, but with a supportive family on their side, it becomes much easier through the years.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Jenkintown, PA, contact the caring professionls at Right at Home of East Montgomery and South Bucks County at 215-995-2674.
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