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Seniors Have the Right to Be Safe at Home

Many people talk about having equal rights. They discuss this with regard to many different situations and capacities. For the elderly, they certainly have rights that are easy to overlook, especially when their loved ones are concerned about their safety.

To help keep seniors safer within the comfort of their home, there are numerous things people can do to help.

Home improvement projects can top the list.

Senior Home Safety in Rockland NY: The Right To be Safe at Home

Senior Home Safety in Rockland NY: The Right To be Safe at Home

Installing grab bars, stair lifts, or even securing loose steps and handrails are just a few ideas that can make a world of difference for an elderly person, whether he or she is living alone or not. If they’re stepping into the tub or shower and slip, what are they going to do? They may try to grab onto whatever they can. If they had grab bars, they might be able to maintain their balance and stay on their feet.

If they had grab bars, though, they can be holding onto those as they step in and out, which helps them avoid those little slips that can be devastating.

They might have to de-clutter.

If a senior wants to stay safe and remain at home for as long as possible, if they’re considered a hoarder or simply have far too many items to maintain safety properly, it might be necessary for them to begin looking at these items and think about getting rid of some.

They can start going through various mementos and other tokens of their life and passing them off to their family or figuring out how much they would want to get from them in a tag sale or garage sale.

For some people, though, letting go of certain items can be difficult, so it’s a good idea not to press this issue to the point of causing anxiety for the senior.

Family can help.

If the senior has family in the area, they might rely on them for assistance. They could call on an adult child, for example, to stop over and take out the garbage once a week. Many family members are more than willing to help out whenever they can, but what if they aren’t available?

Home care aides are a great option.

Experienced home care providers can not only encourage seniors to stay active, get exercise, and get stronger, but they can also help them stay safer, whether they’re pursuing certain activities or simply remaining home where they’re comfortable.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Rockland, 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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