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The Pifer Companies1822 Roberts Street
Winchester, VA 22601- 540-542-1670

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Home Instead Senior Care - Northern Shenandoah Valley Elder Home Care

Your local Home Instead Senior Care office is your connection to compassionate, reliable one-on-one, non-medical assistance. We can provide everything you’d do for your loved one and more, so you’ll have confidence that your loved one is safe … whether you live several states away or just miles down the road. - Shenandoah Valley Senior Home Care

 

Home Instead Senior Care
of the Northern Shenandoah Valley

1400 Amherst St Suite 3 Winchester  VA  22601 

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Safety Tips That Helps the Elderly to Stay in Their Own Home

Each year more than a third of the people 65 and older fall. What is more, in that age bracket, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death.

Even though old age often brings physical challenges, you can take practical steps to enhance your personal safety and the quality of your life. For one thing, you can strive to maintain reasonable health and strength. For another, you can make your home safer.

 

Maintain Your Health and Strength

As we age, our coordination may suffer and we may have trouble with our eyesight and sense of balance. We may also become more frail as our muscles and bones weaken. However, regular physical activity and good eating habits can slow this decline.

A publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states: “Regardless of their health and physical abilities, older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even if you have difficulty standing or walking, you can still exercise and benefit from it. In fact, in most cases, you have more to lose by not doing anything.” Among other things, physical activity can help you to combat heart disease, joint pain, osteoporosis, and depression. It can improve your circulation, digestion, and sleep, and it can enhance your self-confidence and alertness.

If you are not used to doing physical exercise, you would be wise to see your doctor first. Also, consult him or her if you feel faint or experience chest pain while exercising. In fact, in such a situation, you may be wise to call the emergency telephone number. Do not treat such potentially dangerous symptoms lightly! And it is recommended that you have your eyes checked by an eye doctor once a year.

In regard to diet, avoid meals that lack vitamins and minerals, even if they are quick and easy to prepare. Older people especially need food high in vitamin D and calcium, both of which can help to maintain bone mass or at least slow the loss of it. So try to eat meals that include whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Check with your doctor before you make major changes in your eating habits. He or she may suggest useful dietary options or foods to avoid because of certain health factors.

Additionally, try to stay well hydrated. Dehydration, which is common among older people, especially those living alone or in nursing homes, can predispose one to falls, confusion, constipation, poor skin elasticity, infection, and even death.

Make Your Home Safer

Most falls occur at home. Yet, by taking a few practical precautions, you can significantly reduce that risk. Think about your home as you read the following.

Bathroom:

The floor should provide good footing when wet.

The shower or tub should have a nonslip mat or finish, and if you have a shower chair, it should allow easy access to the faucets. It may also be helpful to have a handheld showerhead so that you can remain seated when bathing.

It is good to have grab bars for support when you step into or out of the bathtub or use the toilet. These supports should be strong and firmly mounted. Also, make sure that the toilet seat is high enough for you to sit and stand without too much exertion.

Keep night-lights on, or use a flashlight.

Stairs:

Stairways should be uncluttered, in good condition, and well lit.

Stairways ought to have stable handrails on both sides if possible as well as nonslip strips and light switches at both the top and the bottom.

Walking up and down stairs can help older ones to maintain leg strength. If you have balance problems, however, you should try to avoid negotiating stairs alone.

Bedroom:

Allow sufficient space for you to move around the bed and other furniture safely.

Have a chair where you can sit to dress.

Keep a lamp or a flashlight within reach when you are in bed.

Kitchen:

Countertops should be uncluttered so that you can easily set down groceries and other items.

The kitchen floor ought to be nonslip and low glare.

Items in the cupboards should be neither too high nor too low but easy to access without assistance. Try to avoid the use of ladders and step stools, and never climb up on a chair!


General Tips:

Have night-lights that illuminate the way to the bathroom and other areas you may go to at night.

It can be helpful to use a cane or a walker at night when you are not fully awake or alert.

Your chairs should be stable (no wheels), have armrests, and be the right height for easy sitting and standing.

To prevent tripping, you should repair, replace, or remove frayed carpets, lifted linoleum, or broken tiles. Lay all electrical cords along walls and not across walkways.

Throw rugs can be a trip hazard and should be removed from carpeted areas. If they are placed on a smooth floor, such as tile or wood, they should be firmly anchored with a nonslip backing.

Avoid wearing slippers that are loose or worn out or do not have backs or nonskid soles. And do not wear high-heeled sandals or shoes.

Some medicines can make people feel faint or unsteady. If you ever feel like that after taking medication, be sure to tell your doctor. He or she may change the dosage or the medication itself.

If you notice anything that needs attention that you cannot safely attend to yourself, why not seek the help of family members, friends or a Aging in Place specialist? And try not to procrastinate.

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Links and Resources for Seniors

FirstGov  The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

Social Security  Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration

Housing  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Senior Citizens

Fraud  U.S. Government FBI Fraud Target: Senior Citizens

Medicare  The U.S. Government's Official Medicare Site

Medicare and Medicaid  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Consumer Protection How to prevent or report a problem

Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism Find your next opportunity

End-of-Life Issues Investigate the legal and ethical questions

Housing for Seniors Information on eldercare and housing options

Money and Taxes Saving and spending in retirement

Travel and Recreation Visiting new places, or learning more about your local area

Drug Interactions  U.S. Government FDA drug interactions fact sheet

National Cancer Institute  U.S. National Institute of Health

AoA  The U.S. Government's Department of Heath and Human Services Administration on Aging

CDC  The U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention

PBGC  Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

DHHS  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

DOL  U.S. Department of Labor

HealthFinder  a National Health Information Center Service

NIH  National Institutes of Health

OSHA  Occupational Safety and Health Administration

USDA  U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Federal Trade Commission  Seniors' Consumer Information

Veterans  Veteran Health Benefits and Services

Prescription Drug Page  Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent, Vermont)

Seniors Commission  Commission on Affordable Housing and Health

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

U.S. Census Bureau

The White House

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

The Library of Congress

U.S Government for Seniors

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