GREENSBORO, N.C. --
Scott Silknitter from Caregiving 101 and Tom Garcia from Southern Evergreen met up at the Caregiving 101 Offices to share tips on how to help your elderly loved ones stay safe in your home.
First, they addressed the issues that can come with hallways, which may seem like a relatively safe space. But they can cause fall hazards for people with Parkinson’s and/or a visual impairment.
Here are some adjustments you can make:
- Make the hallway is well-lit.
- Install light switches at both ends of a hallway.
- Make sure doors are either all the way shut or all the way open. If a door doesn't latch when you close it, make sure you adjust it.
- Remove clutter. If your loved one with Parkinson’s shuffles their feet while they walk, make sure you remove anything they might trip on. Keep in mind, you will likely have to change cleaning habits to include putting tools like a vacuum cleaner away immediately. The cord can cause someone to trip.
Another area of the home many caregivers don't think about as a safety hazard are doorways. These can be dangerous, especially for elderly people with Parkinson’s who shuffle their feet while they walk.
Caregivers need to look at all entryways and doorway transitions in the house.
Here are a few key things to consider:
- Remove all throw rugs. They may look great, but they are a tripping hazard.
- Look at all transitions to ensure they are as smooth and level as possible. Moving from a room with tile to one with carpet can sometimes have a bump in the transition which could cause someone to trip.
- Change out all round door knobs and replace them with lever door handles to help people with limited dexterity and range of motion.
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