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The Best Way to Keep Wheelchair Ramps Safer throughout Autumn

Senior Home Safety in Westchester NY

Keeping seniors safe at home is a matter of being proactive and paying attention to the small details. If an elderly individual relies on a walker or wheelchair to get around, they probably have some type of wheelchair ramp leading into their house. It could be considered temporary, something aluminum, or it could be permanent, such as concrete.

Whatever the case may be, it’s absolutely essential to be proactive throughout the fall season to make sure those wheelchair ramps are safe every single day.

Senior Home Safety in Westchester NY

Senior Home Safety in Westchester NY

There are a number of things that can pose hazards for people using wheelchair ramps, not the least of which are leaves and other debris.

How to keep wheelchair ramps safer this fall. 

Throughout almost every community across the country there are numerous lawn care professional services working daily. The senior may not require the services of a lawn care professional because they have a neighborhood kid mowing the lawn, a family member, or they continue to do it themselves. However, they probably don’t get out there to rake leaves and clean up the lawn like they used to.

Whatever the case may be, many lawn care services have a tendency to follow the same routes several times throughout the week. It wouldn’t take them very long for one of their crew members to hop out of the truck, grab a backpack blower, and blow off the walk area and wheelchair ramp. This could be done daily or every couple of days.

It might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider how slick leaves can become when they get wet, a person using a walker to navigate down the wheelchair ramp could step on a small patch of wet leaves and slip and take a hard fall. If no one is around to notice, they could be out there for hours or even days. Just consider the consequences of that particular situation.

If a family member, neighbor, or friend has a tendency to check in on the senior daily, they could take a broom and quickly sweep off the wheelchair ramp and walkway of any leaves, sticks, or other debris as well.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to make sure the area is safe and free of wet leaves, sticks, and other debris. By keeping those wheelchair ramps clear, it improves safety for the senior who needs it throughout the fall and into the winter season ahead.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care to improve senior home safety in Westchester, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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