How Do You Make Your Mom’s Daily Routine Safer?

Aging at home is the popular choice for senior citizens. If this is your mom’s choice, you can take measures to make it safer. Make sure you consider these six aspects of home safety when your mom decides to age at home.

Caregiver in Coral Springs FL: Making Mom's Daily Routine Safer

Caregiver in Coral Springs FL: Making Mom’s Daily Routine Safer

Is The Home Set Up for Fall Prevention?

The kitchen, stairs, and bathrooms are areas where seniors are most likely to fall. With grab bars inside and outside of the shower or bathtub, falls getting in and out of the tub or shower decrease. Non-slip mats or rugs on slippery surfaces prevent some falls.

Sturdy rails and bright lighting on stairs can help prevent falls on stairs. Keeping small appliances and cookware in lower cabinets or on the counter keeps your mom from climbing on chairs or counters to reach items on upper shelves. Step stools with handles also help.

Are Medical Appointments Caught Up?

Your mom should see her doctor once a year. Health conditions that can lead to dizziness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can be addressed and treatments can help keep your mom safe. Vaccinations against contagious diseases like the flu and pneumonia are also important.

Do You Know the Side Effects of Medications Your Mom Takes Daily?

If your mom is on certain medications, they can trigger lightheadedness. If she takes blood thinners, antidepressants, or other medications where dizziness is a side effect, it may be best to have her take them at a time of day that someone is home with her or at night before going to bed.

Are Smoke, Fire, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Working?

Test your mom’s smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors each month. If they don’t work, change the batteries or see if the expiration date has passed. Most detectors have a 10-year lifespan. After that, they need replacing.

Do You Have Emergency Plans in Place for Floods, Fires, and Storms?

Does your mom know what do to if there’s a fire? Would she know what to do if heavy snow, high winds, or flooding was leading to evacuations in her area? Go over different scenarios every month or two to ensure she would act quickly and appropriately.

Have You Considered Home Care Services?

Caregivers are one safety measure you must consider. If your mom becomes forgetful, she may struggle to take medications. You don’t want her taking too many pills or missing doses. If your mom won’t cook and eats packaged foods instead, caregivers can cook meals.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Coral Springs, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

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