Is Your Elderly Loved One Safe at Home?

December 29, 2016

Senior Care in New York NY

Safety for your elderly loved one is essential to help her stay as healthy as possible. Try some of these general safety tips in order to keep your loved one from falling or experiencing other potential issues.

Get Rid of Tripping Hazards

All sorts of items can present tripping hazards for your elderly loved one. Raised thresholds in doorways, clutter, and even rugs and cords can all be a problem. Look for anything that could cause your loved one to lose her balance and remove it, replace it, or find a new location for it.

Check Lighting around the House

If your loved one’s lighting isn’t strong enough to help her to see properly, she’s at a greater risk of running into something or tripping over something. One way around this is to simply add more lighting fixtures around the house. You may also want to check the bulbs and make sure that they’re bright enough and operating properly.

Encourage Your Loved One to Wear Footwear at Home

Footwear can help your loved one to feel more stable when she’s walking around but it can also help to protect her feet. You’ll want to encourage her to wear shoes that have a non-skid sole and that have a flat, stable bottom. Avoid shoes that are loose or that have an open-heel design since those won’t provide adequate protection.

Install Sturdy Grab Bars

Grab bars are a reliable way to help your elderly loved one to avoid a fall. They’re always there along the wall any time your loved one needs some extra support. Grab bars are excellent for the bathroom, hallways, stairs, and even in the kitchen. If there is available wall space, consider installing grab bars.

Make Sure She Spends Less Time Alone

If your loved one spends a lot of her time alone, it might be time to see if she’d enjoy more company. Other family members and senior care providers can all provide companionship and they’ll be there in case there is an emergency with your loved one. Just having another person around more often can help your loved one to feel more comfortable.

Look for other ways that you can help your loved one to feel safer at home. Ask her periodically if there’s anything else that you can do toward that goal.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!


Excerpt: Keeping your elderly loved one safe at home can seem like a big task. If you tackle safety in stages, though, you can help to keep your loved one safe.


Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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