Having an elderly at home can be a bit difficult since you need to take care of them like one takes care of an infant. Still, as many precautions as you may take to make sure they remain safe and sound are less. There are specific ways in which you can protect your beloved parent from falling prey to the various calamities older adults tend to suffer from. Just follow these few simple steps, and you should be all set to take care of them.

  1. Arrange Furniture Strategically

In places like living rooms, you should place the furniture in a way that is not confusing or doesn’t cram the space so the elderly can freely move around. If your elderly uses a wheelchair, keep a space free and designated for their wheelchair and make sure it can be moved around freely. Also, make sure all the electronic chords are tucked under the rugs or taped to the floors or walls so that they don’t get tangled in them and fall.

  1. Make the Bathroom Safe

You should keep in mind that a bathroom is a place where seniors tend to fall more because space is slippery and watery. Install anti-skid matt in the bathtub to prevent falling; you can also have it installed in the shower so that they don’t fall. Install grab-on bars beside the shower so that they have something to hold onto while taking a shower. Also, consider getting installed those toilet seats with armrests installed so that using the toilet is also safe. Make sure the bathroom light is always working so that nobody falls.

  1. Install Necessary Equipment

Make sure you have all the necessary equipment installed at your home such an alarm, smoke and carbon monoxide detector, etc. installed. Also, ensure that the electricity system is working fine to prevent a short circuit. If you work, chances are your parent is going to be alone at home in your absence, so you need to ensure all the systems are up and working just fine. These precautions will only help you in the long run.

  1. Request a Papa Pal

If you’re too worried about your parent’s caregiving for the time when you’re working at the office, you can request a Papa Pal. A Papa Pal will be better able to take care of your loved one in your absence. They would be careful about their meals and showing them an amazing social experience. And the best part is, they won’t feel lonely.

  1. Keep Their Finances Secure

You ought to make sure that the financial matters of your elderly parent are being taken care of; you can do that by taking their power of attorney and maintain the books for them. This will keep them care-free.

These simple steps will help you take better care of your loved ones and keep them safe and sound.

Author Bio: This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on AgeSpace

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