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Preparing a Senior’s Home for Caregiving

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Seniors often prefer to receive care in their own homes, as it can be comforting to remain in familiar surroundings. This can make the caregiving process go a lot smoother. However, you will need to ensure your senior loved one’s home is safe and well prepared for Prescott in-home care. Here are some suggestions, provided by the staff at Home Care Assistance.

Evaluate Home Safety

Think about your loved one’s health and determine if the home is safe. For instance, can your loved one use the stairs without supervision, or will he or she need assistance? If he or she cannot climb the steps, you should consider buying a gate to block the stairs off for his or her safety. To prevent slips and falls, which can lead to broken bones or more serious injuries, keep the home clutter-free and the hallways clear.

Install Monitoring Devices

Installing a monitor allows you to hear what is going on within various rooms of the home at all times. If your loved one needs help, he or she can call out for you and the monitor will pick it up. Monitors are also great devices to have for seniors with advanced dementia. A baby monitor can work as well.

Remove Dangerous Items

Try to keep dangerous items out of the home or safety-proof them if possible. If you must use them, keep them stored in areas where your loved one cannot access them unless a Prescott caregiver is also in the room. Some of those items may be:

  • Portable heaters
  • Stoves (Install safety knobs)
  • Garbage disposal (Disconnect it while you are away or asleep)
  • Cleaning products
  • Alcohol
  • Knives
  • Matches
  • Scissors
  • Medications (Lock these items up)

Change Décor

The décor of the home may need to be changed to accommodate in-home care. This includes replacing small mats with larger rugs to help prevent seniors from falling. Have grab bars installed near the toilets and purchase a raised toilet seat. You should also consider having a separate faucet installed to mix hot and cold water, as this can help your loved one avoid scalds.

Once your loved one’s home is safe and secure, you’ll want to find a caregiver who can maintain this safety. For live-in and hourly care Prescott families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are trained in proven and effective techniques to ensure your loved one receives exceptional care while aging in place. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.