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3 Things About Safety Supervision for the Elderly You May Not Have Known

Posted by ComForCare on June 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

As a senior care service provider, safety is a top priority. We want to ensure that you senior is as comfortable as possible while being safe and cared for. Some safety concerns are obvious, but other safety concerns may not have crossed your mind. Below are some in-home safety concerns you should keep in mind.

What are elder in-home safety concerns?

  1. Depression

Along with aging comes thoughts about usefulness, health, loneliness and burdening your family. These thoughts combined with slowing brain chemistry can sometimes create feelings of depression in the elderly. This condition is especially likely to develop after the parting of loved ones.

Though it may not be an obvious safety concern, caregivers for seniors must be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression so that they can help combat and treat depression. Untreated depression can lead to various negative situations.

  1. Cleanliness

We slow down as we age. Soon the simple duties we used to perform every day become difficult and burdensome. Put away those dishes? Maybe later. Pick up those shoes? In a few minutes.

Yet, for a senior living alone, these undone tasks can become dangerous. That shoe that was left out could very easily be tripped over later. A senior care provider must search not only for the obvious hazards uncleanliness, but also any mess or spill that might put someone in danger.

  1. Capability

Seniors often envision perfectly driving cars, moving heavy objects, and other tasks that they have easily been able to do for most of their lives. They have performed these everyday jobs for so long that nothing about them seems unsafe.

But these chores can be perilous due to slowing reflexes and diminished muscle capacity. If anyone, especially someone elderly, tries to perform a task beyond their capability, this task could immediately become a hazard. That is why it is important for senior caregivers to be available to warn and protect seniors from the tasks that may be too difficult for them.

If you have any worries about the environment where a senior lives, call our consultants at the number above to schedule an in-home, professional safety and care evaluation.

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Topics: Aging, Safety

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