During the holidays, we have a unique opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted, quality time with our senior loved ones. And during these visits, we’re provided with the ability to ensure that our senior loved ones are not just enjoying the holidays, but they’re staying safe as well. These tips from our Nashville home care team can help make sure everyone’s holiday is merry and bright:
In both the senior’s home and your own if your loved one will be spending some time there:
- Choose to set out basic decorations that will not create clutter. It’s important to make sure there’s plenty of room to safely walk.
- Make sure extension cords are away from walking paths to reduce the risk of tripping over them.
- Rather than lighting candles, place bright centerpieces of flowers or fruit, or battery-powered candle decorations around the home.
Although of course, bright holiday lights are beautiful, be sure to keep these tips in mind when older adults will be in the vicinity:
- Make sure that all areas of the home are well lit. Dim holiday lighting can make fall risks hard to see and make it difficult to ambulate safely through the home.
- Place nightlights in the bathroom and bedroom the senior will be using and check to make sure light switches are easy to access.
Floor Space Guidelines:
Holiday decorations can lead to increased fall risks for seniors during the holiday season, so make sure that:
- Floors are free from clutter.
- Sidewalks are clear.
- Furniture is arranged with plenty of space for wide walking paths.
- Non-slip pads are placed beneath rugs.
- Pets are kept away from areas where the older adult will be walking.
- An out-of-the-way space is designated for kids to play.
It’s important to address the specific care needs of older adults during the holiday season in order to make their home, or visits to your home, as fun and safe as possible. For more information on home modifications to help make the holiday season (as well as the rest of the year) safer for seniors, or any other in-home care services, contact the Nashville home care professionals at Caregivers by WholeCare. You can reach us any time by filling out our online contact form, or by calling us at (615) 997-1288.