Do you have older relatives coming to visit for the holidays? If so, you can do several things to make their visit more comfortable and safer. Here’s how.
- Find out about routines. What time does that person tend to wake up? Do they drink coffee? Tea? Take a walk? Read the paper? By finding out their morning routine in advance, you can let them know how things like the coffeemaker work in your home and help them feel right at home, even if you’re at work or holiday shopping.
- Remove items that can cause a risk
forfalls. Falls are a serious risk for older people, particularly those over age 65. Certain falls may even lead to the need for surgeries such as hip replacements. Before your elderly family members visit, check for items like loose power cords, small toys, and throw rugs. Move or remove these items to cut down on the risk for falls.
- Add more lighting. Extra lighting will help reduce the risk
forfalls, but it will also help address any vision issues your visitor(s) may have. In addition to lamps, think about night lights and inexpensive battery-operated touch lights you can quickly hang.
- Clear the nightstand surface. A nightstand is important for any bedroom, but it’s especially important for someone who is older. That’s where someone will want to keep glasses, medications, electronic devices, and reading material.
- Assess the bathroom area. Bathrooms can be particularly dangerous for older people. Make sure there’s enough space on the vanity for your visitor(s) to place personal items. Remove throw rugs that could cause a fall risk or cause difficulty for wheelchair users. See if you have a grab bar or similar support item in your shower/bath area. If not, can you place a shower chair or a non-skid mat in the tub/shower? Also, don’t forget to check bathrooms for extra water that may raise the risk of slips.
- Slow down the schedule. If you’re younger and on the go, it may be your natural mode to overschedule, especially around the holidays. However, take a few minutes to consider what holiday events are essential versus which ones can be skipped. This gives your older visitors extra time to enjoy their day without feeling rushed.
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