Your parents or aging loved ones no doubt both value their independence and find comfort — and familiarity — by remaining in their “home sweet home.” However, age often does make us less mobile, and the house can become a “parent trap” of a dangerous sort, presenting obstacles both seen and unseen that can lead to trips and falls. Statistics show that one of the major causes of elder health problems is exactly that — tripping, slipping and falling.
Even if your parents or loved ones still seem agile and mobile enough, the unforeseen and unexpected is always lurking around the house. You need to be on the lookout for obstacles and potential tripping points around your parents’ home. It would also be a good idea to get a professional’s opinion as well. A professional in elder care, such as those at Alta Home Care, often is able to spot things you don’t.
Basic items and obstacles to look for include (but certainly aren’t limited to):
- Loose rugs, carpeting and mats
- Slippery floors
- Wet surfaces
- Slippery showers and baths
- Cables and wires that trail across the floor
- Stools and other low-lying furniture that your parents might stumble over
Start with the bathroom. Non-slip mats are essential, really for people of any age, but especially for seniors. Handrails in the bathroom, near the toilet and by the bedside are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, and can definitely prevent falls while aiding your loved ones’ mobility immensely.
A medical device to enable your parents to alert health authorities if they can’t get to or access a telephone is something to consider as well. “Help. I’ve fallen and can’t get up” might be the focus of jokes, but it represents a serious reality for aging parents and loved ones.
In some cases, you may want to consider platform and stair lifts if your parents really need the assistance. Plus, these devices can absolutely help prevent accidents and trips in stairwells and entrance ways.
All in all, you need to simplify and safeguard your parents’ movement around their home. And depending on what type of additional care they may need — someone to do the shopping, cook, clean, house keep — you may want to bring in the professionals from Alta Home Care.
Alta Home Care takes pride in providing the best service for your loved ones. One of the ways we separate ourselves from other agencies is through our Care Management Team. Your loved one will be assigned a personal Care Manager from day one. That person will monitor client status and conduct regular in home-visits to ensure quality of care for your loved ones. They will be in frequent contact with the family regarding any changes to the care plan, schedule changes, and/or any concerns and questions. Call or visit us today.