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Have You Done a Safety Check in Your Elderly Relative's Home?

Elder Care in Champions, TX

Elder Care in Champions, TXAs a family caregiver, it's difficult to keep on top of everything for your elderly loved one all the time. Safety is a tremendous issue for so many elderly loved ones living in their own homes, and it's extremely important to regularly check in with the current safety levels. Approached properly, you can even do this without alarming your loved one or making her feel smothered.

Tripping Hazards

One of the biggest dangers facing elderly relatives at home is the risk of falling. Look for anything that might cause a loved one to stumble or trip, but don't overlook loose carpets or throw rugs that can slide at inopportune times. Stacks of books or walkways that are too narrow can also be sources of tripping hazards, so it's important to look outside of the box when considering what might be something to change or to fix. When it comes to falls, you should also take a look at where the most-used items are stored. If they're easy to access, at waist height or lower, then they are likely safe enough. Objects stored high enough that a loved one needs to get a step ladder to reach may pose a problem.

General Safety

While falls are a huge concern, general safety is also at issue. Are there secure handrails in stairways and bathrooms? Are electrical connections in good shape? Speaking of electrical items, is the house well-lit in the late afternoon and evening? In order to do a thorough safety check, you may need to visit your elderly loved one's home at various times of day. What seems safe in the daylight may be anything but after dusk.

Red Flags

Above all, it's important to look for anything that seems like it could be a red flag that something is not safe in your loved one's home. If you're uncomfortable with the topic, try starting out by asking your elderly relative if she feels safe at home. Opening a frank and sensitive conversation can often have unexpected results, and she may open up to you and share safety concerns that weren't even on your list. It's important to make sure that she doesn't feel that you're against her. Her safety is important to you because you care. In some situations, the solution can be as simple as hiring in-home care providers that your loved one trusts to help out around the house.

Safety is essential for any elderly relatives living on their own. Be sure to take the time to look for any problems that you can resolve.


If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Champions, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

Chad Jolley

As the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston and as a son trying disparately to find help for his parents, Mr. Jolley has worked within the senior healthcare field for over a decade. Beginning his work overseeing the care of his father who became critically ill following a stroke in 2004, he has continued to develop his expertise by aiding seniors, adult disabled and veterans in their search for truly compassionate and dependable care through SYNERGY HomeCare. Mr. Jolley received his designation as a Certified Senior AdviserĀ in 2007 and continues to use his years of knowledge and experience to help other families find the care and peace of mind they need.

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