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Inspect Wheelchair Ramps before Winter Hits to Improve Senior Home Safety

Senior Home Safety in Wellesley, MA

Senior Home SafetyFor many parts of the country, winter has already started making an impact on daily life. It’s only a matter of time before it blows in with a fury. Now is the time to inspect any wheelchair ramps that may be at a senior’s home to ensure safety for them.

Wheelchair ramps can be used for those who require a wheelchair to get around, for those who rely on a walker, and even for seniors who simply may be a bit unsteady on their feet, especially ascending or descending stairs. If the senior in your life has had any difficulty recently, or in the past, then they might want to consider the prospect of wheelchair ramps.

For those who already have some in place, it’s one of the several times of year to take a good, solid look over them and properly inspect the ramps to ensure they remain safe now and throughout the winter season ahead.

What to Look for in Those Wheelchair Ramps

Inspecting wheelchair ramps before winter doesn’t require any certification, though you can certainly call on the services of an experienced professional if you’d like to be completely certain that everything is fine for the season ahead.

One of the first things to look for is any uneven surface. During the previous winter season, screws and/or nails could have been pushed up (when ice gets under the surface). Make sure everything is properly in place and won’t interfere with snow shovels or any other tools used to keep these ramps clear.

Check hinges. This is especially important when you’re talking about temporary or moveable wheelchair ramps. If the hinges or joints are not maintained properly, the become exposed ice and snow packs, increasing the risk of damage caused to them.

Inspect the handrails. Once you’ve looked over the surface and supports for the ramp, check all handrails. There should be no ‘play’ in them (movement). If something seems loose, track down the potential problem and correct any issues, such as loose screws.

If there’s anything you can’t fix or are not certain about with the wheelchair ramp, it’s time to call on an experienced professional, such as a licensed contractor to come out and analyze the situation. It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it comes to any aspect of senior home safety.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Wellesley, MA or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at Care Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.

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