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Moving About the House Safely Begins by Being Aware of Your Surroundings

By Vicki and Brian Day

It certainly stands to reason that when you’re more aware of your surroundings, you are safer. The same holds true whether you’re a teenager, young adult, middle-aged, or elderly. If you are not paying attention to the things you’re doing, the things that exist around your house, especially those various risk factors, you may be putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

This is true for many seniors across the country.

Some have a tendency to overestimate their physical capabilities. Others may not really understand their own limitations. They may feel the same as they were in their 60s, for example, but well into their 80s their strength, mobility, and balance are significantly reduced.

Keeping a senior safer at home begins by keeping the house clean.

One of the best things anyone can do is be aware of their surroundings with regard to items that were left on the floor. If a person leaves a box down on the floor, intending to pick it up later on, but they don’t do it before the senior walks into the room, that’s a serious tripping hazard.

For example, helping an elderly parent do the laundry is a noble gesture, but what if that individual leaves the laundry basket at the top of the stairs? If they run down to do something and don’t move it, and if the senior is walking down the hall and is not paying attention, he or she can trip over that basket and fall down.

Injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident for seniors can be devastating. They can lead to broken bones in the leg, a broken hip, twisted ankles, broken arms, dislocated shoulders, and so much more.

At the same time, what if the senior is at fault?

If the senior is getting undressed for the evening, if they leave their clothes on the floor or even near the bathroom, what happens if they need to get out of bed in the middle of the night? They might not turn on enough lights to see clearly, but instead use their decades of experience living in this house as their guide.

If they step on the clothing, it could slip from underneath them, causing them to fall.

Being aware of one’s surroundings is so essential to safety, regardless of a person’s age. For those who want to help a senior be safer at home, help them be more aware of their surroundings, keep the home clean, and make sure common walking areas are free of clutter.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN WIND GAP, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.