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How To Ensure The Safety Of Your Elderly Loved Ones At Home

By | Mobility Solutions, Senior Safety, Stair Lifts, Walkers & Rollators, Wheelchairs | January 6, 2021 | Comments (0)

Here we are in a brand new year. Hopefully, you have renewed optimism about the future. We’re sure you join the LifeCare Mobility Solutions team in looking forward to a year that sees the end of the pandemic end. On behalf of our entire team, we wish you a very joyous and prosperous 2021. With that said, we’d like to offer our assistance in ensuring that 2021 is also a very safe one for your family.

What have you done to safeguard your elderly loved ones at home? Sometimes, the smallest changes can make the biggest differences.

Develop a strong support system.

Keeping your elderly loved ones safe doesn’t have to be a one-person job. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Consult your closest family members and friends about the care needed for the older adult in your home. Be mindful that you require care as well. Both your physical and emotional well-beings are at stake if you don’t take some time for yourself. Request some help whenever you need it. As well, inform your elderly loved one of who he/she can contact in an emergency.

As Lena Borrelli notes on MyMove.com, having a strong support system is especially vital for seniors who live alone. “Gather a community of friends and family that you contact on a daily basis,” she advises, “Use a ‘buddy/family’ check system…A quick call every AM or PM can sometimes save a life.”

Remove any and all tripping hazards.

It’s no secret that, as we age, we become steadily less steady on our feet. Your elderly loved one may require a mobility solution such as a cane, walker or even a wheelchair to get around the home. You can certainly help to minimize the risk of slipping and falling by clearing any and all walkways in your home. Remove throw rugs, push furniture out of the way and tuck away electrical wires and cords.

“Area rugs, electrical cords, and low tables and ottomans are all risks,” Claire Samuels on APlaceForMom.com, “If there’s a pet or child in the home, be sure to keep toys picked up. Install non-slip flooring, and cover all cords and wires.”

Evict the stairs from your home.

Of course, we don’t suggest that you literally remove any staircases from your home. But, for many older adults, going up and down the stairs is a dangerous task. It’s vital to make the stairs safer for them. Is your elderly loved one unsteady on his/her feet? If so, he/she is at a high risk of falling down the stairs. “With falls to blame for so many injuries each year, try to stick to single-level living as much as possible,” urges Borrelli.

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we proudly offer both Handicare and Bruno stair lifts. Handicare stair lifts combine leading-edge technology with contemporary designs. Their straight and curved stair lifts are designed to fit any space with a customized design option available. Bruno stair lifts are also designed to fit any stair configuration. Both straight and curved staircases are easily accommodated. As well, they are 100% North American-made.

If you have any questions about the stair lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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