Senior Home Safety in Danbury CT
With spring practically right around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about cleaning, decluttering, and making the home safer for your senior loved one. There are a number of strategies that can be put in place to boost home safety for seniors, and here are four of them that are great ideas for spring cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Strategy #1: Have carpeting professionally cleaned.
Having carpets professionally cleaned not only improves air quality within a home because it helps to remove a great deal of the allergens, dust, and other pollutants that get trapped in the carpet fibers, it also serves a secondary purpose.
When a professional carpet cleaning service is coming in to do the job, they often request small items be removed from the room. The carpet cleaning crew will then likely be responsible for moving larger items of furniture. If they notice anything is wrong with the carpeting, such as the fibers getting pulled up or a corner is damaged, they can bring this to the attention of the homeowner.
Carpet that is beginning to separate from a threshold, for example, could pose a potential tripping hazard and the sooner it’s detected, the better it will be for the senior.
Spring Cleaning Strategy #2: Clear walkways of debris.
Sticks, leaves, and other debris will collect on walkways and the driveway. Now is the time to have these areas cleaned up to reduce tripping hazards outside the house.
Spring Cleaning Strategy #3: Put boxes away.
Throughout the winter, a person may begin pulling certain items out from closets to go through them. They may do this because they have nothing else to keep them occupied. Over time, if these boxes or other items are not put away properly, they can pose certain tripping hazards.
Spring cleaning offers an opportunity to not only go through many of these boxes, but also the chance to get rid of things that are no longer truly necessary.
Some people have a difficult time separating with their possessions, but when presented as a safety hazard, the senior may be more inclined to at least move them into the basement, the attic, the garage, or even a storage unit.
Spring Cleaning Strategy #4: Pay attention to the weather.
The temperature may be warm one afternoon and the windows are all opened about the house while the senior and/or his or her family members begin cleaning, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stay warm the entire day. Pay attention to the weather and to the temperature if it’s expected to go down significantly at sunset, make sure all of those windows get closed.
An open window can cool down the house and, if the heat is turned off, you can expose the senior to unnecessary health risks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Danbury, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.
I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.
As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.
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