How to Help an Older Parent Avoid Accidents at Home

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Home accidents are a major cause of hospitalization for seniors. Older adults are more susceptible to accidents in the home because of existing health conditions, limited mobility, medication side effects, and cognitive deficits. Here are some ways to help your aging parent prevent accidents in the home.

Schedule an Eye Examination

One of the most common causes of accidents in the home is poor vision. If your loved one experiences blurred, cloudy, or dim vision, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. While age-related vision impairment can heighten the risk for accidents, eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are treatable. Treatments for these ocular issues include surgery, eye drops to lower eye pressure, and a change in the glasses prescription. If these interventions fail to boost vision, your parent could be at risk for in-home accidents and may need to consider a caregiver.

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Huntington live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust the professional live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance to enhance his or her quality of life.

Monitor Medication Side Effects

When coupled with poor eyesight, mobility limitations, or cognitive deficits, medication side effects can significantly raise the risk for accidents in the home. Some of the most common medication side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, vision impairment, weakness, and loss of balance, which are all risk factors for falls and other injuries. If your loved one takes medication and experiences any of the aforementioned side effects, talk to his or her healthcare provider about lowering the dosage of the offending medications or discontinuing them altogether and replacing them with other ones that are less likely to cause adverse reactions.

A trained caregiver can monitor your loved one for medication side effects and other changes in his or her health. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care Huntington seniors can trust and rely on.

Keep Pathways Free of Obstacles

Cluttered floors can cause slip-and-fall accidents in the home, especially if your loved one has poor eyesight, limited mobility, or dementia. If your loved one lives alone, try looking in on him or her at least once a day to make sure the floors are free from items such as shoes and other things that could cause a fall. If your loved one has a pet, he or she could trip over the animal if he or she doesn’t see it. If you believe this could be a risk, consider bringing the pet to your home or to the home of another trusted family member, then make sure to schedule frequent visits so your loved one and the pet can still see each other.

Provide Proper-Fitting Shoes

The shoes your loved one wears shouldn’t be too tight, because it can impair circulation, or too loose, as the shoes might slip off. Your loved one’s shoes should also have nonskid soles and, if he or she has difficulty tying shoelaces, be of the slip-on variety. Even if your loved one is able to tie his or her shoes, the laces may become untied, increasing the risk of falls.

Keeping your loved one safe is your number one priority, and a caregiver can be a tremendous asset. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of in-home care. Huntington families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner in caregiving for your aging loved one. Contact one of our experienced Care Managers today at (304) 521-2909 to learn more about our reliable in-home care services.