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Winter, Bugs, and Safety for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Lancaster PA

Winter is a time when most people don’t really think much about insects, such as spiders, cockroaches or palmetto bugs, and other annoying pests. That’s because most of these critters have died off in the cold (outside). However, even in the coldest climates, spiders and other insects can be prevalent inside the house.

Senior Home Safety in Lancaster PA

Senior Home Safety in Lancaster PA

A lot of people have a tendency to get panicky whenever they see a spider or some other insect crawling along the wall, on the floor, or even in the bed near them. For seniors, especially those who may have limited physical mobility, this can cause extreme distress and anxiety.

It can also cause safety issues.

It’s not one of those things many people actually consider or contemplate too often. They think about insects as being little more than nuisances, but what happens in the event a senior, who lives alone, is lying in bed and suddenly sees a good-sized spider crawling across the ceiling?

There’s no way they’ll be able to fall asleep now. That’s especially true if they are incredibly afraid of these eight legged creatures.

What happens if they need to get out of bed in the middle of the night and try to find something to use to crush that insect so they can sleep? They might be putting themselves at unnecessary risk. If they have limited mobility, have trouble with their balance, or have difficulty moving for any other reason, they increase the risk of slipping and falling.

If it’s dark and they don’t have the opportunity to turn on certain lights before they get out of bed, they can increase the risk of tripping over something, such as a bathrobe, slippers, or something else they can’t see.

What if the senior is sitting at the kitchen table trying to eat a nice, relaxed breakfast and an insect begins crawling across the table? They may lunge back and knock themselves off balance. If they fall over and are unable to get back up, will they be able to call for help?

Keeping seniors safer at home is often focused on the basic things, such as mobility, making sure lighting is adequate, and ensuring they are safe when they get into and out of the shower. Rarely do people think about little incidences like this.

While this can happen to anyone at any time, it’s a good idea to discuss these things openly and honestly. When a person is mentally prepared for the possibility of facing things that will cause some anxiety or fear, they will begin to react slower to them and that’s the best way to improve safety for seniors; reacting more slowly and in a calmer manner.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Lancaster, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.

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Mary Lynne Heller

After Mary Lynne Heller received her nursing degree from Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing, she went on to graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Millersville University. Her quest for learning further expanded her skill set as she gained extensive managerial and nursing skills within medical, surgical and oncology hospital-based units, a trauma center, and an infusion company before coming to Star Multi Care family in 2001. Mary Lynne’s cumulative 40 years of nursing experience has been heightened by her successes in the role of Administrator in the Lancaster branch of Extended Family Care. She has not only set branch records in revenue growth but has also exceeded company-wide performance and quality measures.

A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller.

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