It’s late at night. Maybe you heard a sound somewhere in the house. Perhaps you have to use the bathroom. Whatever the case may be, you notice how dark it is. Yes, your eyes have become accustomed to this darkness while you slept, but you still have difficulty seeing deeper into the darkness of night. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just press a button and the lights come on?
Many people have a lamp or some other illuminating device right next to their bed, and that may be fine on the surface, but imagine you had to go down the hall and couldn’t find the wall switch. You may be a bit disoriented, especially if you’ve been dragged out of a deep sleep and an intense dream. You keep thinking about the sound you heard and need to investigate.
When it’s dark, even the most familiar surroundings don’t offer the greatest comfort. In fact, you may forget about a bag or a box or some other item that was shifted or moved out of place. Your shin could crack the edge of a coffee table or night stand. You can trip over slippers that were left by your bed.
Now, imagine that scenario for a person in their 70s or 80s.
It can certainly be as disorienting for somebody living alone, especially if they have difficulty with mobility. More lighting can help to improve safety for seniors at home dramatically, but in most cases they may only have access, at least immediately so, to a nightstand light, like a desk lamp.
Wouldn’t it be great if they had a remote or some other device, like an app on their smartphone, that would allow them to turn on lights in the bathroom, in other areas of the bedroom, or even the hallway? They could simply tap a button and illuminate their house before they even get out of bed.
This could dramatically decrease the risk of slipping on something they didn’t see, tripping over an item in the hallway, or having some other serious mishap that could lead to serious injuries. Safety for seniors is going to be compromised as they get older, and taking advantage of whatever technologies have been developed to improve lighting and reduce potential mishaps is going to be a great asset.
A remote control or app for a phone could be the answer some seniors need to be able to control the lighting in their house before they even get out of bed.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to improve senior home safety in Great Neck, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.