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Evaluating Safety Goals for Any Senior Living Alone

Senior Home Safety in Wellesley MA

Senior Home SafetyGoals are important for anyone to establish, especially when they want to be able to measure success or if they’ve come up a bit short. When it comes to senior home safety, most people have a tendency to assume that keeping an elderly loved one safe is the main goal and that’s all there is.

In reality, there should be many other goals involved in the situation. If safety was the only goal that mattered, then keeping somebody at home and watching them like a hawk, running to the bedside the moment they begin to sit up and seem to be getting out of bed, placing hands on them to help them out, guiding them to the bathroom and everywhere else in the house, that would certainly be a practical way to keep somebody completely safe.

That would also likely include discouraging the senior from doing anything that was considered risky to those who don’t really understand their physical condition, limitations, or other challenges.

No, the priority should always be to encourage a high quality of life, but also keeping the senior safe while they pursue the things that are important to them.

That’s why it’s important to have various goals in place for the senior, especially one who is living alone. Somebody living alone is not necessarily at an increased risk of falling compared to another senior the same age who is living with a spouse, friend, or other individual. However, when somebody lives alone, if they were to get into a tricky situation or have fallen and are unable to call for help, they could be in that situation for an extended length of time.

So what could be various safety goals for seniors living at home?

Cleaning up clutter could be an important goal to achieve. The more items a person collects over their lifetime, the more clutter there exists in their home. Clutter increases the risk of falls. Just because somebody may be comfortable in their home and know the layout well doesn’t mean they are completely safe from clutter.

Installing grab bars in the tub or shower could also be a safety goal. These could help provide support to somebody who feels a bit unsafe or unsteady when getting into and out of the shower.

Relying on a stair lift may be another safety goal.

Do all of these safety goals have to be spread out over time? No, they could all be done at once, but that’s not always practical. The best thing to do is sit down with the senior and determine where they feel unsafe, what can be done to improve it, and then revisit those concerns on a regular basis. That will help evaluate whether the senior feels safer and things are moving in the right direction or the goals need to be revised.

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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