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4 Preparations to Make Before Providing Senior Care

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on September 26, 2016

Family caregivers in Phoenix, AZ, need to make a few crucial preparations before moving their senior loved ones into their homes. If you want to make your home a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live, these are some of the basic steps you’ll want to take.

1. Downsize Belongings

Your loved one will likely need to pare down belongings when moving into your home to receive Phoenix elder care. When helping your loved one decide which items to keep, store, or donate, be sensitive to the fact that certain items may have a significant emotional meaning and that he or she is adjusting to the idea of leaving home. If space in your home is a concern, you may need to downsize some of your belongings as well.

2. Choose the Right Bedroom and Make It Safer

Choose a bedroom for your loved one with easy access to bathrooms and shared spaces. If possible, the room should also be far enough from other rooms to allow your loved one a certain degree of peace and privacy. Consider adding built-ins or other storage options so your loved one will have plenty of space for the items he or she needs. Make sure your loved one has a lamp within easy reach of the bed and plenty of nightlights to illuminate the path to the bathroom. If your loved one has physical limitations, consider adding a lift recliner, bedside commode, hospital bed, or other appropriate furniture items.

3. Modify the Bathroom

According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 1 in 3 seniors fall each year, and 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. The following steps can reduce the risk of falls and make the bathroom a safer space for your loved one:

  • Purchase a shower chair and install a handheld shower head so your loved one can bathe sitting down
  • Install grab bars near the shower, tub, and toilet
  • Place nonskid mats in the shower and tub

4. Increase Safety in the Common Living Areas

All common areas of the home should be well lit and free of clutter. If your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair, store or relocate excess furniture so he or she has plenty of room to maneuver. Also, make sure stairways have solid handrails on both sides.

When caring for your loved one, keeping him or her safe, comfortable, and healthy is of the utmost importance. If you need help meeting your loved one’s care needs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of respite and live-in home care Phoenix, AZ, families trust, and we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care. To learn more about our high-quality in-home care services, call 602.388.1085 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.