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How to Prepare Your Home for Elderly Care

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There are a variety of nursing homes and retirement facilities seniors can choose for receiving senior care in Naples, but many prefer to stay in their own homes or the home of a family member or close friend. If your senior loved one will be moving in with you, the home needs to be properly prepared to ensure it is safe and comfortable for caregiving.

Safety Comes First 

Your home should be a safe place for your loved one to roam around freely. This means the hallways stay clear, the rooms are clutter-free, and all essential safety measures are in place in case of an accident. This includes:

• Installing alarms

• Installing smoke detectors on every floor

• Adding extra lights that work with a remote or the clap of a hand

• Creating an emergency escape plan 

• Placing a fire extinguisher in the home

• Installing a carbon monoxide detector with an alarm

Make Changes to the Bathroom

Seniors can be injured from falling or other accidents in the bathroom, which is why you should make it a safer place for your loved one to bathe and groom. You can do so by:

• Installing grab handles 

• Placing nonskid mats inside and outside the shower

• Installing a bench in the shower

• Having long-handled brushes for your loved one to use when bathing 

Remove All Hazards 

Many seniors have decreased mobility and poor eyesight, which is why you should make sure your home is free of all hazards. Be sure to make your loved one aware of any potential hazards in the home. You may need to repair these issues if removing the items is not an option. This includes:

• Loose carpet and flooring

• Small rugs 

• Raised doorway thresholds

• Unsturdy stairways (Add sturdy handrails)

• Poor lighting (Add nightlights)

• Spills (Wipe them up immediately)

• Furniture or cords in walking pathways

Maintaining a safe environment to care for your loved one can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Home Care Assistance is here to help. Whether your loved one needs live-in or part-time care in Naples, our caregivers provide high-quality care you can rely on. For more information on our senior care services, call (239) 449-4701 to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.