home safety for seniorsHome is where the heart is, but if you’re a frail elderly person, home can also be where danger lies. Loose staircase handrails, slippery bathtubs, icy driveways, and dark hallways with tripping hazards can all lead to an unexpected hospital visit. Because the home can be a challenging place for aging homeowners, it may be time to consider some outside assistance and to make a few simple home modifications to increase safety and comfort. Bedrooms, kitchens, and even areas outside the home should be thoroughly examined for any hazards that can be removed. Additionally, furnaces shouldn’t be forgotten, especially during cold winter months. If your loved one has a gas furnace, it should be checked yearly for leaks, and a carbon monoxide detector should be installed in the senior’s bedroom. For more tips, check out this article on how elderly homeowners wanting to live independently can stay safe. Cascade Companion Care’s Certified Senior Advisor can perform a safety assessment of your loved one’s home and come up with solutions for possible hazards. We can also put you in touch with appropriate community resources for any larger home renovation projects such as wheelchair ramps, updating a bathroom and installing new light fixtures. Our highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help with a wide variety of activities such as ambulation, light house cleaning and meal preparation, building comfort and safety into each and every day. Call us today at 425-361-0044 or contact us online to learn more about our home care services in Snohomish, Skagit and King Counties as well as Camano Island.