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3 Step Issues That Affect Safety for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Fairfield CT

Senior Home SafetyHow secure are you walking up and down stairs? Most people would admit they feel completely comfortable when they take on this simple project or task. However, for seniors, safety can be an issue, especially on stairs.
There are many factors that can affect safety for seniors at home. There are also a number of issues that can arise with regard to stairs and the handrails that could put somebody at unnecessary risk.

Below are three issues related to steps that can impact safety for seniors within the comfort of their home. Any of these issues, if they exist, should be addressed and repaired immediately. Waiting and hoping somebody doesn’t get hurt as a result is only asking for trouble.

Step Issue #1: Loose steps.

The first and possibly most obvious are loose steps. If a step is a loose, a younger, healthier, stronger adult may not pay any attention to it at all. They might feel the wiggle of the step beneath their feet, but it doesn’t impact their balance. As a result, they can walk up and down the stairs dozens upon dozens of times without ever having a loss of balance or some other safety issue.

For a senior, though, a loose step can cause them to shift their weight, lose their balance, and fall down. Whether it’s the first step or the last, any fall for an elderly individual can be devastating. It can lead to broken bones, severe sprains, and other physical harm.

Step Issue #2: Loose handrails.

If the handrail is loose, it may feel like it’s no big deal. After all, since the steps are secure, what’s the big deal? However, if a handrail is loose, why is it loose? If it’s due to the anchor screws in the wall coming loose, how long do you think it will be before the handrail completely rips free of the wall?

If the senior is trying to walk up the stairs and is using that handrail as support, pulling themselves up a little bit with each step, and it breaks loose, where do you think they’ll end up? It’s not a question you want to answer.

Step Issue #3: Slick steps.

When hardwood steps get wet, they can become extremely slick. If somebody’s in socks, they can also be in an incredibly dangerous situation. The best thing to do for slick steps is place nonslip pads or some other surface on it to ensure proper traction for the senior at all times.

If you or an aging loved one are concerned about senior home safety in Fairfield, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

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Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent over well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as asenior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.