4 things you can do to Create a Safe Environment for Seniors

FEB 16, 2021 by RAFAEL ALEMÁN  

Taking care of a senior is a rewarding job, but it also implies responsibility and proper education on the matter. Many seniors enjoy spending their peaceful time in the house they’ve always lived in. However, when certain health conditions interfere, their time in that space can be compromised.

 

Living with a senior can be overwhelming if there’s no attention to specific details that might affect their well-being. Whether you turn to an Aging Life Care Professional or, by any circumstance, you are the only person that can embark on the job of taking care of a senior, we share four recommendations to create the best environment for seniors and elderly patients.

 

These recommendations will help you and your loved one have a safe living environment, considering physical and mental health for the people involved.

Provide safety in the Bathroom area, avoid falling hazards.

Falls are the most common causes of injuries for seniors. Many elderly patients have the blessing of reaching a certain age while enjoying a healthy mental condition. Sometimes, however, the physical condition is not at the same level and it’s important to fix everything you can to maintain the physical condition as optimum as possible. 

 

  • Focus on fixing water-related issues in the bathroom area. This is one of the most dangerous spaces for a senior to fall or suffer an injury (besides the Kitchen area).

  • Provide safety in these areas by installing adequate features: railing, anti-slip flooring, comfortable space for walkers or wheelchairs, and good lighting.

  • Consider making arrangements for the faucet and bathroom set, adjusting them to their needs (height of the bathroom sink and toilet, comfortable shower area, and easy-to-use faucet).

Keep your loved one away from the Kitchen area, provide safety if it’s not possible to do so.

The kitchen area might be a dangerous place if there isn’t proper safety. The best recommendation we could provide is to keep the elderly away from the kitchen, although we understand the difficulties of perhaps telling grandma that she can no longer cook something special for the grandchildren when come to visit.

 

Now, whether the senior lives alone or your loved one just can’t stay away from the kitchen, we recommend the following: 

 

  • Make sure there’s always proper ventilation and fix lighting issues: keep as bright, fresh, and clear as possible. 

  • Keep gas cylinder outside the property at all times and also pay constant attention to the escape valves. 

  • Protect the countertop area with proper material to avoid sharp edges.

Provide safety in the Bedroom area! 

Many elderly patients most of their time in the bedroom, sleeping and resting. The best thing you can do is create an environment that allows them to move comfortably around the space. 

 

  • Good lighting is key, install nightstand lamps, ones that are easy to switch on/off. 

  • If it’s possible, try to maintain the bedroom area properly ventilated. This will keep the area fresh and free of odors and smells.

  • Proper room furniture: make sure they have an orthopedic mattress, adjusted to their needs. Also, an ergonomic armchair or rocking chair will ensure comfortable and safe postures and an ache-free rest.

 

Avoid staircases and steps, keep seniors on the ground floor area

There are inevitable modifications that need to be made when living with a senior. One of them is distributing the house to best fit their needs, the ultimate goal is to avoid falls and accidents. We recommend the following:

 

  • Consider creating an open-space concept for your house, where your loved ones can move around easily, especially if they use a cane, walker, or wheelchair.

  • Ideally, you would want to keep the area flat and steps-free but, we understand that re-structuring the living space can be challenging and expensive. We recommend marking steps and slopes around the house, sometimes they can forget about them and the consequences can be fatal!

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There are cases in which seniors prefer to live by themselves and, if their mental and physical condition is not too deteriorated, they will most likely continue to do it. It’s also possible that no one is available to stay with them 24/7. What can you do when someone you love is feeling reluctant to the idea of either: having a person to assist them on a daily basis or living in a community space, like a Homecare Facility? We recommend the following:

 

  • Visit them regularly: If you live nearby, take some time to stop by after work, spend some time with them on a Sunday. If they have pets, keep an eye on the pet waste situation to ensure they are not overwhelmed and the home is safe and clean.   

  • If you can’t visit them regularly, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend or neighbor.  The idea is to keep an eye on hygiene and the overall condition of the areas we mentioned above. The best way to avoid an accident is prevention.

  • Try to stay in touch with them, whether it’s via phone call, video call, messaging… any channel that allows you to communicate with them and check on everything.

 

If you’re looking for an Assisted Living Facility in the Oceanside/North San Diego area, we can recommend Oceanside Hills Senior Living, Pacifica Senior Living Oceanside, Las Villas de Carlsbad, and Brookdale Oceanside. All of these facilities are members of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce.

Bio-One is here for you!

Bio-One provides effective care on services like: cleanup and disinfection, hoarding cleanup, medical waste disposal, rodent droppings, feces/urine cleanup, sewage backups, and more. We are prepared to take on any situation, no matter how extreme it might be! We have helped many customers in their most difficult time of need.

 

Here’s the story of Alesia, an Aging Life Care Manager, in need of an urgent hoarding cleanup for her client. We responded promptly and let her know that they were in good hands:

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If someone you love is in need of hoarding cleanup, house disinfection, odor removal, feces/urine cleanup, Bio-One is here to help you. Give us a call at 760-429-0729. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

 

We are proud members of the Southern California Rental Housing Association and the Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista Chambers of Commerce! 

 

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