5 Surprising Safety Dangers for your Senior Living Alone


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5 Surprising Safety Dangers for your Senior Living Alone

Home Care in Hoffman Estates, IL

Home-Care-in-Hoffman-Estates-ILSeniors living alone face a wide variety of dangers. Being aware of the dangers is the first step in hopefully helping them manage the risk. Here are a few of the things that could lead to potential safety issues for your elderly loved one living alone:

  1. Forgetfulness. While this may not seem like a danger in and of itself, there are some specific examples that show how critical clear thinking and planning abilities are. For example, if the senior is still driving, are they turning the car off in the garage and leaving it locked? If not, there is the risk of dangerous carbon monoxide fumes. What about the stove and other appliances that could be a fire hazard? How about medications? Are they at risk for taking the wrong or expired ones, taking too much or too little? Sometimes, as seniors age, these seemingly simple daily tasks can become overwhelming for them to manage without help.
  2. Needing help and not being able to ask for it. This is by far the most common, and yet the most frightening scenario. The senior, home alone, slips and falls in a bathtub or bathroom, without their phone, and gets hurt, sometimes seriously. Or they hit their head on a cabinet or trip on a rug. Any of these injuries can be insignificant or severe, but if no one checks on them regularly, can become life threatening. Make sure your beloved senior keeps communications abilities on or near them at all times so they can call and ask for help as long as they are conscious.
  3. Loss of vision or perception. As seniors age and they experience changes in their vision, or depth perception, there is increased difficulty in reading small print (such as that found on a prescription bottle) and managing spatial awareness. Rather than risking a mix-up in medicines, try color coding or using some sort of image identification for prescriptions along with a chart for when it is due and whether it has been taken. For depth perception issues, make sure that wheeled furniture is locked down, cover sharp edges, put rails up for steps and staircases, and leave "grab bars" around areas where seniors might struggle to sit or get back up.
  4. Inactivity and poor nutrition. Junk food is easier to obtain, less expensive, and more accessible than ever and senior who don’t' want to cook may not be making healthy choices for themselves. It is important for seniors to remain active for as long as possible and to take care of their bodies.
  5. Loneliness. This can lead to depression, increase symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's, reduce the will to live, and lead to insurmountable problems.

Home care providers can help with any and all of these issues, provide peace of mind for the family, and keep the seniors involved and active.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Hoffman Estates, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-984-2041.

Shelley Fisher
Shelley Fisher

Paul earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and his Masters degree in Business from New Hampshire College. His work history is anchored in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, excelling in various roles of sales and marketing for companies such as Nestle, Frito-Lay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development for a Chicago-based business of forty wellness centers, treating over fifty thousand patients annually.

Shelley earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University and, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings comprehensive knowledge and experience from the social service community to the business.  Throughout her 20-year career, Shelley has worked extensively with the judicial system, child protective services, hospitals, schools, and senior care facilities.

Most importantly, Paul and Shelley Fisher, married for 25 years, are the proud parents of two busy teen-agers and the fortunate adult children of energetic, aging parents.  Both are actively involved in the community and couldn't imagine living or raising their children anywhere but the Chicagoland area.

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