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Making Your Loved One’s Home Safer as She Manages Her Arthritis

Home Care Wilmington DE

Home Care Wilmington DE

Home Care Wilmington DEHaving arthritis means that your elderly loved one may not be able to move her joints as well as she did in the past. This can mean all sorts of big changes in her life, but improving her safety at home can help her to avoid being badly injured.

Encourage Her to Wear Solid Footwear

Having bare feet around her home may be something your elderly loved one is used to, but it can present a safety hazard for her. The easiest solution is for her to wear stable footwear that has a flat, non-skid sole. This helps your loved one to have solid footing anywhere in her home. If she’s used to removing her shoes to keep out anything that she might bring in on her shoes, designate a pair of shoes for inside use only. That way she doesn’t have to worry about extra cleaning or random dirt.

Check the Lighting in Her Home

If your elderly loved one can’t see tripping hazards, then it’s even more difficult for her to avoid them. Go through her home at various times of both day and night and look at how the lighting at different times of day actually illuminates each room. By checking at multiple times you can get an accurate idea of which lighting needs improvement and which lighting actually serves your loved one well. Make changes as soon as possible so that your loved one can easily spot obstacles.

Install and Check Hand Rails

Hand rails are one of the easiest ways for you to add a safety boost to your elderly loved one’s home. If she already has hand rails in multiple areas, test them. Give them a few good yanks and make sure that they’re not loose or in danger of coming away from the wall should your loved one need to use them. If you need to replace or repair any, do so as soon as possible. Other areas, such as hallways or bathrooms, may need new grab bars installed in order to be safe for your loved one.

Tuck Cords Away

Look for other tripping hazard cords and other tripping hazards that may not seem like a big deal at first, but a fall can really injure your loved one and damage her joints further. Do a quick check of all the pathways in your loved one’s home. If you spot any cords that cross over hallways or rooms, look for ways to reroute them. While you’re at it, look for lose rugs, carpets, or floor treads that might present a problem for your loved one.

If you’re concerned that your loved one’s home may not be safe enough for her, ask your loved one’s elder home care providers to help you spot holes in home safety.

Source:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/home/ovc-20168903
http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/Falls/adultfalls.html

If you or an aging loved one are thinking about hiring help for Home Care Services in Wilmington DE, please contact the caring staff at Macklyn Home Care. Call today! 302-691-3217.

Krista Gaul, Executive Director

Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care
Krista is the Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care. At Macklyn Home Care, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to individuals who wish to remain independent in their own home; and community for as long as possible.

You can trust us to deliver an uncompromising level of personal care with gentleness and compassion. We’re there when you need us! Whether it’s for just ONE HOUR a day or 24/7. Just give us a call and we will be there.
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