There are a tremendous number of benefits to hiring home care services your aging loved one. While some of these benefits are obvious, such as the care companion helping your aging loved one with mobility issues and fulfilling Activities of Daily Living, some of them may not be as readily identifiable. One of the most valuable, and yet more commonly overlooked, potential benefits of hiring such a care companion for your aging loved one is the insights this caregiver can provide into the safety of your loved one’s home. It is very common for family members to have difficulty recognizing many of the safety challenges within a senior’s home. This is because most seniors live in homes where they have been for many decades, perhaps for the entirety of their adult children’s lives, so everyone in the family is used to the home and its idiosyncrasies. An adult who grew up in the home will have a much more difficult time recognizing parts of the home as dangerous because they are just used to them. Problems such as a basement door that tends to stick in the summer or a back deck with a loose step may not seem like a big deal to people who have dealt with them for their entire lives, but for seniors who have developed mobility and physical challenges, these familiar “personality traits” of their homes can become dangerous.
When you hire a home care services companion for your aging loved one, you are giving some of the responsibility for the care and wellbeing of your loved one to that companion. This means that she will have a stake in the safety of your senior and will want to do all that she can in order to help protect her. One of the best ways this can be accomplished is by asking her to do a thorough safety assessment of the home from her professional perspective. Since she has cared for many seniors before, she can use this experience to evaluate the safety of the home both for your aging loved one and for her.
Some of the areas that your home care companion can assess for safety include:
- The entry area of the home, including the steps, walkway, foyer, and hallway
- The kitchen, including the appliances, counters, cabinets, and organization
- The windows and doors throughout the home
- The bathroom, including the flooring, shower, sink, and toilet
- The flooring throughout the home
- The furniture arrangement throughout the home
For a complete evaluation of the home, contact the senior care services agency in your area to ask for a professional assessment.
Care Connection provides home care services in Mason, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.