Home Care Safety for the Caregiver

Improving support and safety throughout the home:

  • Have smoke detectors installed near kitchen and bedrooms

  • Have safety rails in showers and tubs

  • Install handrails up stairs and in bathrooms

  • Use non-slip flooring in kitchens and bathrooms

  • Remove any loose rugs

  • Move furniture around to create less confusion

  • Remove any dangling telephone cords

  • Mirrors can distort the loved one�s view when walking, and should not be placed where they can easily be bumped into

Ways to correct visibility and lighting problems:

  • Use bright, vivid colors to light up rooms

  • Make sure hallways and stairways are well lit

  • Lighted switch plates make finding switches at night easier

  • Have night lights in between bedrooms and bathrooms

  • Use easily reached cords that can turn a light on and off in closets

  • Basements should be very well lit considering the steepness of stairs going up and down

Methods to improve movement and sight throughout the house:

  • Use rails in beds to support movement getting in and out of bed

  • Use lever handle door knobs instead of circular knobs

  • Use a flexible shower head and a chair for your loved one to sit on when bathing

  • If they are wheelchair bound, have a ramp installed that can be used to get them up the front steps or stairways

  • Use large button telephones

  • Clocks should be large enough with both numbers and dials easily seen

  • A commode near their bed can be used in emergencies

  • Shelving in closets should sit low enough for easy access

  • Place a raised toilet seat in their bathroom 

  • Chairs need to sit high enough and be supported by arm rests so there is some security when they sit

 

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