Elderly Care in Riverside CT
October 9 through 15 is Fire Prevention Week. As a family caregiver it is important for you to take steps to help protect your elderly loved one from the dangers that might arise in their lives, including the potential for fire. Elderly adults account for far more deaths related to fire than other members of the population, which means that it is essential you understand the risks that they are facing and how you can affect them to keep them safer as they age in place.
Start reducing your parent’s risk of suffering serious injury or death related to a residential fire by making meaningful modifications to their kitchen. Not surprisingly, this is the room where the majority of fires occur in homes. Try these modifications that you can make your parent’s kitchen less vulnerable to the potential for fire:
• Clean all cooking surfaces and appliances thoroughly. Cooking grease can build up on cooking surfaces and appliances such as the stove, oven, or even exhaust fan, creating a serious fire hazard. Clean these thoroughly using oven-safe cleaning to remove these flammable substances.
• Add a smoke detector nearby. Smoke detectors are an essential part of protecting any home from the risk of fire. While it is not advisable that you put a smoke detector actually in the kitchen itself, place one nearby that will not go off during normal cooking but would detect smoke that might occur due to fire in the kitchen.
• Replace old appliances. If your aging parent is still using appliances that have been in the home for many years they might have damaged wiring. This could cause sparks or shorts that could start a fire. Upgrade these with new appliances with safer wiring to reduce this risk.
• Add a timer. Invest in a good quality timer that your parent can use not only as a reminder of how long their food should cook, but as a general reminder that the food is cooking at all. Even if they do not need it for a specific period, your parent should set the timer for regular intervals so that they check on their food and remember to turn the stove or oven off after cooking.
If you are concerned about your aging parent’s safety when it comes to fire risk, starting elder care for them can help to give you greater peace of mind. Knowing that there is an elderly health care services provider in the home with your aging parent can give you confidence knowing that they are in the best hands possible even when you are not able to be with them. This means that they will avoid potentially dangerous decisions and actions, which can protect them from the risks of a residential fire. If a fire does occur when the care provider is with your parent, that provider can help your parent respond effectively so that they stay as safe as possible. When it comes to helping them to prevent fires in their kitchens, this care provider can help your parent to understand the potential risks that are present in their kitchen and make modifications to the room as well as their actions to keep them safer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Riverside, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.