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San Diego Caregiver Tips

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 5:52 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers

San Diego Home Care Tips

How to Create a Safe Home Care Environment

If you are a busy family caregiver in San Diego who works full-time while caring for your aging loved ones, your main priority is ensuring their safety while they are home alone, right? In fact, reports show that nearly one-third of people age 65 and up experience a fall every year in the United States. According to AARP, many of these falls and injuries can be prevented by taking simple, inexpensive steps to eliminate or fix potential hazards. Here are 10 tips they provide to create a safe in-home care environment.

10 Home Care Tips for a Safe San Diego Home:

  1. Install handrails on both sides of all steps (indoors and out).
  2. Secure all carpets and area rugs with double-sided tape or carpet mesh. Consider removing unnecessary rugs.
  3. Install easy to grasp C- or-D-shaped handles for all drawers and cabinet doors.
  4. Use brighter lightbulbs that don’t produce excessive glare.
  5. Install night-lights in all areas of night activity.
  6. Add reflective, non-slip tape on all non-carpeted stairs.
  7. Install lever handles on all doors.
  8. Place a bench near entrances for resting or setting down purchases.
  9. Install closet lights, as well as adjustable, pull-down rods and shelves.
  10. Install rocker-style light switches and consider illuminated ones in select areas. For individuals who use walkers, canes or wheelchairs in the home, you can create more open walkways throughout the home by moving larger furniture against the wall and removing loose rugs, cords or other objects in the open walk space, to avoid trips or falls.
Considering these simple tips can help to create peace of mind for caregivers, as well as creating a safe environment for home care here in San Diego.
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