Being aware of the risks that your aging parent faces and honest about the dangers that they might endure is a critical part of being an effective family caregiver for your elderly parent. By being aware, and acting on that awareness, you can help your parent to avoid the potentially serious consequences related to those risks. One such risk is house fires. Elderly adults are at much higher risk of suffering an injury or dying as a result of fires than younger adults. By helping your parent to reduce the risk that they will experience a fire, you can better protect them from consequences that can be extremely dangerous for their health, well-being, and future.
One place in the home where your parent may be at risk for a fire but might not be an immediate concern for you when trying to make changes to reduce such a risk is the bedroom. This is very important as your parent is often vulnerable in this room, such as sleeping. Use this checklist to help reduce the risk of fire in your parent’s bedroom:
- If your aging parent has an electric blanket, make sure that it is kept at a safe temperature and that it features an automatic shut-off. This not only reduces the risk of fire, but also protects your senior from burns.
- Avoid using real candles in the bedroom. Replace them with flameless versions or place candles on an electric warmer to give your parent the smell they love without the risk of flame.
- If your parent uses a space heater, make sure that it is placed at least three feet away from any flammable object.
- Be sure that your parent’s electrical outlets are not overloaded, particularly if they live in an older home.
If you have been looking for ways to improve your parent’s quality of life as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can fill any care gaps that might exist in your care routine, ensuring that your aging parent gets all of the care, support, and assistance that they need to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years. This can be exceptionally beneficial to your senior, but also to you as their family caregiver. If you have limitations or challenges that keep you from being able to fulfill all of your aging parent’s needs, you live at a distance and are not able to be with your parent as frequently as you would want to be, or your schedule is such that you feel that your parent’s needs are not being fulfilled effectively, this care provider can step in to ensure that their needs are handled in the way that is right for them. This will give you peace of mind that they can enjoy the best quality of life possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Alabaster, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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