Archive for Senior Safety

4 Ways Seniors Can Stay Cool At Home This Summer

Summers are getting hotter, and that can mean trouble for seniors who are aging at home. Older homes may not be as ready to handle the heat as newer homes and seniors can get overheated pretty easily. Prolonged exposure to high heat can exacerbate existing health conditions. It can also increase the risk of heat-related conditions like heatstroke and dehydration. Senior home care can help your elderly parent adapt to daily weather conditions by choosing the right clothing and staying hydrated. In addition, try these updates to your senior’s home to help maintain a comfortable temperature:

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What Might Make a Fall More Likely for Your Senior?

Helping your elderly family member to avoid a fall is a key part of being a family caregiver. Understanding the risk factors that contribute to a fall helps you to do whatever you can to minimize your senior’s likelihood of falling. One of the best ways to help your parent avoid a fall is to rely on the support of elder care. Elder care providers can be there when you can’t, offering a steady hand and mobility assistance on stairs or moving from one place to another.

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Technology Can Help a Senior Live Better

There is a myth that seniors can’t use technology. That isn’t true, and in fact, technology can help a senior live better than ever before and keep them connected to family and friends. Science and technology are not just for younger generations, and once you teach seniors how to use new gadgets, it can make their lives better than ever before. Technology helps a senior living on their own, as well as working hand in hand with 24-hour home care, allowing seniors to feel free and independent.

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Senior-Friendly Home Renovations to Improve Safety

Seniors may have a deep connection with the home they’re staying in, and they want to age in place. This is doable with the right changes and the right help. Often, personal care at home can be one of the best things for a senior and can truly help a family ensure a senior’s safety. There are ways to make a home more senior-friendly, and it might not be something that a senior has ever thought about doing before.

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Family Caregivers: Tips for Safe Bed Transfers

Caregiving for a family member can be physically and mentally exhausting. One of the toughest tasks physically can be helping an elderly loved one out of bed.

Not only is it difficult, helping a senior out of bed can also be downright dangerous. The caregiver ends up doing a lot of physical labor, and runs a very high risk of sustaining sprained or strained muscles in their neck, shoulder or back.

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Elder Care Can Help Prevent Falls At Home

Falls at home are a serious health risk for seniors and they are also very common. The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 seniors will fall at home at least once. Some falls aren’t serious, but falls at home can cause serious injuries. Hip fractures, one of the more serious injuries that occur in falls, affect more than 300,000 seniors every year. Fractures of any kind are difficult for seniors to recover from but hip fractures can be especially damaging to seniors. Elder care at home is one of the best ways to prevent seniors from suffering a devastating fall.

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Spring Evaluation of Your Parent’s Home

If you are spring cleaning your parent’s home, why not add some safety checks to make sure it’s still safe enough to live in independently?

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