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A Senior’s Home May No Longer Be Safe, but What Can You Do?

It’s no surprise that many people feel completely helpless when their parents are getting older. They notice safety concerns with those seniors, but they don’t want to listen. These men and women can see the safety hazards all around their parents, but despite their best efforts, it seems as though those older men and women simply don’t want to hear it.

Senior Home Safety in Rochester NY: Options for Improving Safety

Senior Home Safety in Rochester NY: Options for Improving Safety

They just won’t listen.

No matter how many times a person tells their mother that she’s going to fall trying to go up and down stairs carrying laundry from the basement, she keeps brushing their concerns off. In reality, that elderly woman may very well be concerned for her own safety, but she feels helpless.

There are strategies that can improve safety.

Even if an aging parent or other individual doesn’t seem to be listening, they might actually be concerned as well. They might not want to give the impression that they are listening because they worry about losing independence. They don’t want to move, they don’t want to quit doing some things they enjoy, and they worry that by admitting to their own challenges this is exactly what will happen.

One of the best things anyone can do is talk about home care support.

A home care aide can provide an incredible boost in safety for aging and disabled clients. Having a physical presence, somebody else there with this senior, can offer them comfort and, when they need to go to the basement, do the laundry, do some light housekeeping, get out to the store, cook a meal, and so on, this caregiver will be ready to offer whatever physical assistance is necessary for them to be safe.

Grab bars and stair lifts could also be beneficial.

A grab bar, properly installed, can help people stay safer when getting into and out of the shower or tub. They could also be placed along a step or toilet.

A stair lift could be a great asset for basement stairs or even a second landing of the house. The homeowner doesn’t need to use the stair lift if he or she feels fine and doesn’t want to, but it will always be accessible, which could be essential when trying to carry certain items up and down those stairs.

For the adult child or other family member, the best way to convince an aging senior to consider these things is to talk about the struggles they face now and how they can still be doing things they enjoy instead of recovering from injuries sustained in a fall.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Rochester, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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