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5 Commonly Overlooked Home Dangers

By Jeff Hill, 8:37 pm on March 14, 2014

Many seniors and older adults would prefer to age in the comfort of home. However, accidents become more common as seniors begin to struggle with activities of daily living such as cooking, light housekeeping and personal care. As the Phoenix live-in care specialists, we always encourage families to conduct routine home assessments to ensure the safety of their aging loved ones. While wet floors, clutter and poor lighting are well known household dangers, the following are a few often overlooked issues that can be detrimental to senior health and wellness.

1. Medications

Seniors are often dependent on numerous medications to treat certain ailments and conditions. Unfortunately, medication management becomes more difficult for seniors with age. Small, illegible writing or small print on prescription labels can be dangerous for seniors with declining vision and forgetfulness can cause a senior to take too much or too little of certain medications. Families should consider a pill organizer to help their loved one stay on top of medications. Phoenix hourly home care is also an option where a professional caregiver can provide medication reminders and ensure the proper dosage of the correct medication is taken.

2. Hot Water Heater

With age, skin often becomes more delicate and sensitive. Activities like washing one’s hands, doing the dishes or bathing can turn into activities that can burn or scold an aging loved one. It is important to check your loved one’s hot water heater regularly to ensure that it’s set at the right temperature. This way, you can prevent burns and other hot water related accidents.

3, Chairs with Wheels

Whether working on the computer or sitting down to a meal, chairs with wheels should be eliminated from the household. The unsteady pieces of furniture can easily roll out of reach and cause an elderly individual to fall. Furniture on rollers is also harder to control, making it difficult for seniors to sit down and get back up.

4. Kitchen Fire Hazards

Cooking meals can be an added benefit to independent living. However, the kitchen area is one of the most dangerous rooms in a home where accidents can often occur. One of the most common is fire hazards. From leaving the stove on to forgetting to turn off the oven, it is important to educate your aging loved one about the dangers of kitchen fires. Encourage them to use a timer when baking and consider kitchen tools such as hot plates which will only let the stovetop reach a certain temperature.

5. Locks, Deadbolts and Other Deterrents

While locks, deadbolts and other criminal deterrents can prevent an intruder from getting inside your senior family member’s home, the devices could prevent them from an easy escape in case of an emergency. Be sure that your aging loved one knows how to use all of the locks in the home and explain what they should do if they are unable to get out in case of an emergency.

For more senior safety tips, contact Home Care Assistance of Phoenix at 602-388-1085. We offer home care Phoenix families trust, with flexible care schedules ranging anywhere from 4 to 24 hours a day. With the support of our caregivers, you can rest assured know your aging parent or loved one is in professional and caring hands. Contact a Care Manager today and schedule your complimentary, in-home consultation.