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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

5 Must Haves for Senior Safety

Improving seniors’ homes and getting new devices is essential to ensure their safety and good quality of life. These are 5 simple modifications and upgrades that should be done to make aging the most convenient for your loved one.

Shower Upgrades

If we have to name only one home modification, it would be your shower or bathtub. The safest way is to get a walk-in shower, which is easy to enter and exit. There are also walk-in tubs designed to help seniors avoid slipping hazards.

If you want to keep your old bathtub or can’t get a new one, there are less expensive improvements that help prevent slips and falls in the bathroom. You should add a safety bar or safety strips to the tub. Both of them can significantly increase senior safety.

Another simple modification for the bathtub is getting a bathtub transfer bench. These benches help seniors sit safely while getting into the tub by carefully letting each leg over the bathtub. With this bench, you will significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls. If your senior loved one doesn’t have enough space for a bench, you can choose bathtub chairs which sit in the tub. Seniors can safely turn around and sit on the chair while carefully lifting one leg over the tub wall.

Flooring Upgrades

Flooring is the second important consideration for seniors. First of all, you need to evaluate your floors. Do you have carpets? If they are old, you may want to get new carpeting with shorter naps that are better when seniors navigate the home on a wheelchair or using a walker.

Laminate, tile and vinyl floors are easier on a wheelchair but they are also more slippery. People often throw rugs on slippery flooring, so don’t forget to tape them down to prevent accidents.

Kitchen Upgrades

Some seniors find their kitchen appliances in locations that they can no longer reach. For example, their cabinets and countertops can be too high, especially if they use a walker or a wheelchair. Take care of all necessary adjustments, such as lowering the sink and allowing for an easy access to everything from a seated position.

Automatic Medicine Dispenser

Many seniors have to take medicine several times a day, and it can be hard to remember when and which medicine to take. Ensuring the right dosage also causes confusion. Getting an automatic dispenser, which can store a monthly amount of medicines, is an easy way to make sure your senior will not forget to take the meds. Some dispensers also have alert systems and can remind you of the right dosage.

In-Home Care Assistance

If you live far from your aging loved one, you should consider getting services that provide visiting caregivers who care for seniors, especially if their movement is limited. Many in-home caregivers have flexible schedules and fees, and it is a great way to ensure safety.

And here you have it: 5 must have for senior safety and convenience. Be sure to utilize them all and allow you to have a piece of mind. At GMP Medical, we are 100% committed to guaranteeing the quality of life and freedom of movement for all seniors. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call us today.

 

June 14, 2017 5:13 pm
Categories: Senior Health