Some seniors may find it emotionally challenging to move from their home to a senior living community. However, strenuous home care and maintenance can have a negative impact on an older loved one’s health. Maintaining a safe, clean home can be tedious work. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage a loved one’s home while helping them stay there.
Maintaining Their Home
Seasonal climate changes make an impact on a home, and it is crucial to create a list of everything that needs to be cleaned weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Review this list with your loved ones and be sure to jot down the tasks they can do without increasing the risk of harm, and the ones they cannot do safely.
If you are available, then you can assist your loved one with home care that they cannot complete on their own. You may also choose to hire someone to assist with housework. Below is a list of house-maintenance chores required for excellent home care.
- Tend to gardens, gutters, windows
- Check lighting and add new bulbs, if needed
- Check appliances to make sure everything is working appropriately
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (change batteries every 6 months)
- Check the plumbing and make sure it’s up to date
- Mow the lawn bi-weekly
- Clear pantry of spoiled foods
- Determine heavy objects or furniture that need to be moved
- Add new filters to vents monthly
It’s crucial to keep an eye out for tripping hazards and to avoid them in the best ways possible, by eliminating as many trip hazards in the home as you can. “Raised areas in doorways should be eliminated or marked with color contrast tape” as this can prevent trips and falls immediately and make it easier for your loved one to see where they are going.
Senior Safety in the Home
Home care is essential. Fortunately, there are ways to transform a home into a safer and more comfortable space for daily living. The tips below not only help with home maintenance but provide easier mobility throughout the home. The ease of passage decreases the chances of falls, which is the leading cause of injury among seniors.
- Add night lights in long hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchen
- Add phones around the home in frequently used rooms
- Add emergency speed dials to phones in case of accidents
- If applicable, replace tub with a walk-in shower for ease of access
- Add a non-skid mat on the shower floor
- Declutter rooms of extra items or furniture
- Add rails to stairs and shower
At The Pavilion, we provide high-quality services in a senior living community that is not only safe but well-equipped with highly-trained caregivers and amenities made explicitly for our residents. Your loved one will no longer have to stress about the cost of home care or the risk of falling from extensive cleaning. The Pavilion provides our residents with a stress-free living environment, nutritional meals, amenities, activities, like-minded individuals and more!
Speak with your loved one about transitioning to a stress-free lifestyle today at The Pavilion. Contact us today to learn more!