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Prepare for June! National Safety Month!

June is National Safety Month!!

Here at A Better Solution in Home Care, we are committed to improving the quality of life for the families and seniors we care for. June is National Safety month and the perfect time for us to share with you some helpful ways to make sure you or your loved ones are safe and sound in their homes. Did you know that falls are among the leading causes of death and injury in the older population? Families can reduce the risks of accidents by ensuring that their older loved ones have the proper medical care and safety support they need. You can make homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in homes. You should take a day to perform a safety check around the home to identify any potential hazards that could pose a threat to your or your aging loved ones independence. Here are 5 quick fixes you can do to help seniors live more comfortably:

  1. Replace wall- mount shower with hand held shower heads on a hose
  2. Install grab bars on the wall near the shower or tub
  3. Convert to lever handle faucets – for those with arthritis pain
  4. Add lighting to closets and pantries
  5. Add swing clear hinges to doors – allows door to swing completely clear of the door opening and makes it more accessible for walkers and wheelchairs

Here at A Better Solution, our seniors and their health and well-being are our first priority. We are dedicated to performing excellent customer service and would be more than happy to come out and do a visit. We want to make sure that safety precautions are taken when our caregivers are there with you, as well as after they leave. Just let us know if we can come out and have a visit with you and one of our care managers will be happy to stop by. Here are some of the things we look for to make sure that you or your family member is safe in every room of the house: Bedroom

  • Do throw rugs create a tripping hazard or is the carpet torn?
  • Does the senior have access to a telephone or cell phone, especially during the night?
  • Is there enough light?
  • Is the bed too high or low?
  • Does the furniture provide support if needed?
  • Bathroom

    • Are there grab bars available near the tub, shower, and toilet?
    • Is the floor slippery? Is there a lack of bath mats?
    • Is the bathtub too high?
    • Is the toilet the correct height?
    • Is there a potential for the water to be too hot?

    Living Room

    • Is the furniture unstable?
    • Can the senior reach the light switch to turn it on or off?
    • Is there adequate lighting in this room?
    • Is the room temperature too hot or cold?
    • Is there a glare from the windows making it difficult for a senior to see?
    • Is it difficult for the senior to get out of a chair?

    Hallway

    • Is there a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in place?
    • Is there adequate lighting at night?
    • Does the senior have trouble finding the bathroom at night?

    Kitchen

    • Are the cabinets too high or low?
    • Is there clutter on the countertops or throughout the kitchen?
    • Are pathways obstructed?
    • Are dangerous chemicals and cleaning materials secure?
    • Is the floor slippery?
    • Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator?
    • Is emergency contact information easily accessible?

    Our main focus this month is to ensure the safety of our client’s. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. If you can’t do it yourself, it’s no problem. Let us help! We are available to you 24 hours a day. Call Us for Care you Can Trust!!(619)585-9011

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    Posted by: Erica Vicedo Staffing Assistant

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