If your elderly loved one is in need of daily assistance, it’s likely you have considered in-home care. Since staying at home is often more comfortable than moving to an assisted living facility, it is no surprise most seniors want to remain there. However, one thing to consider is whether your loved one’s home is suitable for Grand Rapids in-home care. Many homes are not a safe environment for seniors, but there are some signs you can look for to determine if any changes are necessary.
Is the Bathroom Safe?
Bathrooms with slick floors or without support bars to hold onto when getting in or out of the shower can pose a safety risk. A bathroom can be made more suitable for in-home care by laying down non-skid flooring, which should be secured so it does not roll or slip. Likewise, showers and tubs should have a bath mat to prevent slippage. It is a good idea to install a shower seat, as your loved one may have trouble standing, maintaining balance, and washing all at the same time. Installing support bars to help stabilize your loved one anywhere he or she must stand or sit can help prevent falls.
Are There Stairs or a Wheelchair Ramp?
Multilevel houses or those with only steps at the entrance can be a challenge for some seniors to navigate due to weakness or the need for a wheelchair. Installing ramps at outside entrances or over a minor step into a room may be a good idea. If the home has an second level, getting a lift to bring your loved one up and down the stairs can reduce the chance of injury and help caregivers in Grand Rapids feel more comfortable working in your loved one’s home. Also, homes where clutter blocks fire escape routes may need a thorough cleaning so your loved one can leave safely if needed.
Does It Need Repairs?
Check for carpet coming loose at the edges or cords hidden under rugs and ensure the handrails on steps are in solid condition to bear your loved one’s weight and reduce the risk of falling. Make sure shelving is secure so it doesn’t fall on your loved one or move items to lower shelves so less reaching or climbing is required. Many elderly people do not see as well as they used to, so a home with dark passages or rooms may require more lighting to be installed.
Once your loved one’s home is safe and you’re confident he or she is comfortable, you’ll want to secure an in-home care provider that will best meet your loved one’s unique needs. For trusted live-in and hourly care in Grand Rapids, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can ensure your loved one stays safe and secure and assist with a variety of tasks around the house, including cooking, light housekeeping, bathing, and dishwashing. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 616-243-0835 to schedule a free in-home consultation.