It’s understandable that when we have an elderly family member, we are concerned with their welfare. After all, they deserve a good life – one that is full and enriching and which allows them to maintain a standard of dignity even if they are physically or mentally weaker or less able. But if you have recently come to the decision that hiring a caregiver is the best option for your loved one, then you should also take certain steps to prepare the home for it. Here’s how to properly prepare a home for live in care.
Your priorities when preparing a home for live in care are your loved one’s safety and security as well as comfort. You certainly don’t want your elderly family member to be stressed or have their safety at risk, so you need to identify certain risks and areas for improvement.
There are certain easy steps you can take in order to prepare a home for live in care. One is to place night lights or light sources strategically around the home, such as the living room, hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Additionally, pay attention to the hallways – the hallways and other walkways should be rid of clutter to avoid accidents.
Pay attention to locks, especially if your loved one has the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s. The bathroom locks should be removed in case your family member accidentally locks themselves in or has an accident in the bathroom. If your loved one is prone to wandering off, install new locks on doors and windows. Child-proof locks can also come in handy to prevent your loved one from gaining access to dangerous or harmful materials, such as chemicals, medication, or even knives and other weapons.
The bathroom and kitchen
To make the bathroom a more convenient place, you can also install grab bars along the walls. Make use of bath mats made from non-slip material. Replace overhead showers with hand-held ones, and place a bench in the shower stall.
Make the kitchen safer by making sure there is a fire extinguisher within reach. If you can, have the hob or cooker equipped with an automatic safety switch for shut-off.
Your elderly family member
In case your elderly loved one wanders, make sure they carry the appropriate identification and medical alert devices on their person – there are bracelets and other items designed for this.
Your loved one’s documents and important records should also be kept in a single safe place. This includes all legal papers, financial documents, and the like.
By doing the above, you can rest easy knowing that your loved one is not only getting the proper care at home – they are benefitting from a safer, more stress-free, and happier environment as well.
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