Part of caregiving is creating a safe environment for your loved one.
Is your home a safe haven or an obstacle course for the family member under your care? If you haven't taken the time to make some safety changes since becoming a caregiver, you probably have some hazards underfoot that you're unaware of. Changes to these potentially dangerous areas could protect your loved one from an accident at home.
- Your Floors – Take a walk around your home and look for areas where tripping is a concern. Pay special attention to rugs and furniture placement.
- Your Windows and Doors – You don't want these areas easy to open if your loved one is prone to wandering, but they do need to be able to safely enter and exit when needed.
- Your Stairs – Handrails are essential if the patient under your care will be using the stairs. If not, make sure they are properly blocked off.
- Your Bathrooms and Kitchen – Falls are common in these areas of the house. Always keep an eye out for a wet floor. Railings in the shower and by the toilet may need to be put in.
- Your Lighting – Dark areas of your house or yard could cause your loved one to stumble over an unseen obstacle.
- Your Water Heater – Keep your maximum temperature low to prevent accidental burns while showering or washing hands.
Are you responsible for a loved one's medical care? You can find the best physicians at the Medical Center of Arlington. Call us for a referral at 1-855-868-6262.