Your mom is going to age at home. She’s happy and that’s one of the things that most matters to you. You still have concerns about her being alone. Discuss her safety and talk about ways to handle different situations. Hopefully, she’ll never have to use these tips, but it’s best that she knows what to do in these scenarios.
Avoid Loose, Flowing Sleeves While Cooking
If your mom still cooks, she needs to avoid wearing flowing, loose sleeves around a lit burner. She could end up with her shirt on fire and suffer serious burns. If she prefers that style, she needs to roll up the sleeves and, possible, secure them with a clip or band until she’s finished working over a stove. If she has a woodstove, again, she needs to roll up her sleeves before adding another log.
Don’t Remove Batteries From Smoke Detectors
While cooking might set off a smoke detector, your mom should not remove the battery. Most detectors have a hush button you can push to quiet the detector while cooking. Have her use that instead.
Leave a Light on in the Bathroom
A number of falls occur at night when seniors wake up and need to go to the bathroom. Leave a light on in the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be an overhead light. If there are lights above the vanity or on a medicine cabinet that operate independently, leave that type of light on. A bright night light is another way to brighten the room and guide your mom to it at night.
Unplug Small Appliances When Not in Use
The television show This is Us brought attention to the importance of unplugging small appliances after you use them. In the show, the family’s older slow cooker had an electrical issue after they went to bed. This electrical short led to a house fire. Had the appliance been unplugged, the electrical short couldn’t have happened.
Use a Step Stool That Has a Rail
If your mom needs to reach an item on a high shelf, she needs to use a step stool and not a chair or bar stool. Many step stools have bars at the top for a senior to hold while climbing the steps. Invest in this form of step stool for your mom’s safety. Make sure frequently used items are on the counter or a lower shelf.
Make sure our mom is not alone all day, every day. She needs companionship. If you can’t visit every day or so, hire a home care professional to stop in and help your mom with housework, laundry, or other activities of daily living. Learn more about the benefits of home care by calling today.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOMECARE IN MINT HILL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.