Home Safety For Aging In Place

The concept of aging makes many of us think about losing independence and moving to reliance on others. This is no longer the case with increased age in place modifications to provide home safety for seniors and limited mobility, disabled, individuals. Although nursing homes still exist it is not the idea that first flashes into the mind of aging seniors. Independence, freedom and safety are all visions sought out and ideally funded on the principal of living in one’s home. As caregivers it is important to grant independence to the loved ones we cherish while peace of mind is kept that the environment is safe and accessible for them.

Home modifications are best complete in progression with the age and needs of the clients. We can all agree that the needs of a sixty-five year old senior are different from those of a one that is eighty-five. It is also important to recognize limitations within each individual in response to mobility and ones abilities. Home safety modifications are just the start to aging in place. It is also important to ensure that basic independent living skills are still properly being administered for your loved ones to not only stay safe but healthy.

One major issue that comes to mind is self-care. If an individual wishes to remain living independently they must be able to take care of their basic health needs. Hygiene, restroom usage and bathing all become a bigger effort for aging individuals but one that is of utmost importance. It is crucial to be able to care for oneself.

Another important matter is to discuss and deal with money matters. They must still be empowered financially as it does take money to run a household. Utilities will need to be paid and it is important that they are able to independently take care of this task to age in place. It is important that they understand their banking statements, how to write a check and manage expenses.

Home skills are important as well. Independent living entails one to be able to cook, clean and do laundry tasks. Basic home management skills are critical to independent living. Functions such as turning the stove off after a meal is prepared become a matter of safety and needs to still be able to be taken care of by the individuals.

Health care issues should be able to be met as well. To independently live on one’s own they should be able to properly take medication, make and keep doctor’s appointments, even with the use of public transportation if needed, and be knowledgeable of their medical needs. It is important that individuals know their insurance coverage and are able to retain the information making educated decisions about treatment needs.

Another area in home safety is not necessarily the modifications but the same as with young children; strangers and the need for secure information. Independent living means knowing the dangers of telemarketing, home shopping channels and people coming to the door. It is also important that they are able to get a hold of people in an emergency and that they are clearly able to speak about their needs and where they are located.

The desire is for seniors and those facing challenges in the form of a disability to care for them independently and age in a safe, familiar place – home. Keeping the freedoms that exist within the home environment is important and necessary to many. As caregivers, we like to keep our wants and desires in mind while maintaining safety.

A lot of injuries occur in the household due to too much clutter in and around the house. if this is the case then I would recommend hiring a skip and thoroughly going through your house and removing all the household items you no longer need.

Helping Your Elders Stay Safe on Their Own

It is so interesting that as our parent’s age we become the ones that start to parent them. Not only do I worry about them inside their home in regards to personal safety and safety due to mobility but I worry about them with outsiders. I have read many studies that show senior citizens are the least targeted group for crimes I still however worry that one day someone will realize a vulnerable senior loves in the neighborhood. I worry about a physical assault as well as any other. I know it is more likely they will be taken advantage of financially then physically. All this tends to worry me. I can take care of the aging in place needs like a wheelchair accessible ramp but how can I make sure they are safe from predators?

The first tip I have involving the safety of senior citizens involves the wheelchair accessible ramps. When a home has a ramp that is visible from the street it basically tells all the people that drive by that someone elderly or disabled lives in this home. This is not the message that you want to send to the crooked people that exist in our world. Instead of having wheelchair accessible ramps installed at the front of the house add one to the back or side yard. In the side yard it is easy enough to put up decorative fencing or tall hedges to camouflage the ramp which in turn does not allow predators to know that a person that has limited mobility lives in the home.

It is also important to use locks that include a steel stopper. Believe it or not deadbolt locks can still be broken through. If you add a metal stopper it is nearly impossible for the door to be kicked in. Alarm systems also help keep our loved ones safe. When looking into alarm systems for parents who are aging in place that notify police, fire and ambulatory services. Security lights should be installed at different angles of the home. This is also valuable for seniors to be able to see out into the yard in the evening hours. I would also recommend that all sliding doors have locks and extra security rods put into place.

Make sure that a trusted neighbor has an extra key to the house. Thieves know all the hiding spots for spare keys. Don’t chance it. It is one hundred percent safer to leave a key with a neighbor in case of an emergency. I also really like the option of purchasing a realtor lock. This way if there is an emergency and entrance is needed a code could be given to EMS and they could obtain entry to your loved one.

Like my parents did to me when I was little I did to them now that they are aging. I sat them down and discussed the birds and bees of financial safety. I remind them that social security number and credit cards were something that should never be released to anyone over the phone or that comes to your door. In fact I have asked them not to open the door when they are not expecting visitors. Internet safety was something I addressed as well.

When my parents leave the house I always remind them to carry only one credit card and enough cash for their purchases. My dad has begun carrying his wallet in his front pocket and my mother is very careful to hold her purse close to her side. As they have aged there are limits on when they should be out verses home. My parents are home before dark so that it is easier for them to drive, park and enter the house again without problems. Using the handicap accessible ramp becomes difficult for my mom at night. When she is tired and has been going all day the level of strength she possesses has decreased and my dad does not have enough strength to help her.

For their safety and my peace of mind they allow me to help guide changes in their lives so that they can age in place instead of moving into assisted living. It seems to be a winning combination for us right now. As they continue to age and become less mobile we will discuss options but for now, it works.

Elderly people have the most trouble with staying safe at home as they’re very vulnerable to falling over, make sure to declutter your house ever s often to make sure there arent more obstacles to manoeuvre around and lower the risk of falling over. Hire a skip today at Shrewsbury Skip hire.

Electrical Safety Information

Whether you are working on electrical equipment or working on other do-it-yourself projects, there are some rules that apply to all situations.

  1. Use the proper tools for the job.
  2. Remove clutter as much as possibleā€¦keep the work area clean to avoid tripping over items that could have been removed.
  3. Wear proper footwear, dust masks, eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, etc. to suit the job.
  4. Make sure ladders are in good repair and do not stand on the top or second from top step.
  5. Be aware of who is near you. This is especially important if young children are near you. Do not leave power tools where a curious child may decide to play with them. When working on ladders be aware of what is happening below.
  6. Be aware of the risks present when chemical solvents or flamable liquids are present. Ensure that there is proper ventilation and make sure chemicals are always out of reach of children. If you must smoke, take a walk outside if there are flamable liquids inside (or fumes).
  7. Work at a sensible pace. On many projects, especially where mixed material such as cement, grout, etc. begins to dry, people panic and try to work faster. In the case of mixed material, try not to mix batches larger than you can work with safely. For electrical work, keep in mind that you will need light to work by. If you start a job too late in the day it may be dusk with the power still off. Plan ahead and have another source of light to work by.
  8. Avoid awkward or heavy lifting. Ask for help with the heavy stuff such as drywall. Also avoid awkward stretching that can twist your back. This happens a lot when people are on a ladder that is not properly positioned for the job.
  9. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Especially when using ladders it is common for people to risk injury by trying to do it all on their own. If you need somebody to hold a ladder you should wait until there is somebody available to help. In the case of an extension ladder you may just need somebody to steady the ladder while you climb up and tie it securely. When the work is done you may need help again for a few minutes to move the ladder so ask for help. The hospitals have too many heroes already. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve seen somebody lose control of an extension ladder. In some cases other people have been injured by the falling ladder. In other cases there are no injuries but significant property damage.
  10. Make sure to hire a skip, this will come in very handy with keeping your work place tid and being able to throw away anything that is not nessisary and useful for you.

Electrical Safety

Electricity can certainly kill you. Before you attempt an electrical project you should keep in mind that electricians require years of practical training and months of classroom work. The actual training time varies in different states and in different provinces, but 4 years is usual, with about 8 months of this spent in classrooms and the rest working full time on job sites. After the 4 years, the electrician is regarded as qualified (Journeyman), but he/she will always be learning. Nobody knows it all. As a Master Electrician with 32 years of experience, I don’t know it all.

Don’t expect to be able to work as fast as a qualified electrician. The work is physically demanding. You will spend a lot of time climbing ladders and moving ladders. You need to be able to stand comfortably on a ladder while leaving both hands free to do the work.

In North America, most electricians wear a tool belt and unlike the tool belts worn by TV stars, the real thing is heavy if you have all the required tools in it.
After a day of climbing ladders while wearing a tool belt you may wish that you had left the job to an electrical contractor.