Caregiver Tips: Making Safety Checks and Meaningful Modifications during Building Safety Month

Caregivers in Paoli PA

Caregivers in Paoli PABeing a well-rounded and truly effective caregiver is about thinking not just of your parent’s needs in the particular moment, but at other times as well. This means evaluating your parent’s challenges and limitations, determining how those might impact their lifestyle when you are there and when you are not, and determining what needs to be done to ensure that those issues are properly addresses at all times.

May is Building Safety Month. This is a fantastic time to go throughout your parent’s home and making safety checks of the building so that you can plan for meaningful modifications to improve safety, functionality, and accessibility. You do not have to do these safety checks and modification plans on your own. Look to professionals throughout the community to help you evaluate the specific features and elements of the home so that you can feel confident in its quality and condition.

Some of the safety checks and meaningful modifications that you might want to consider during building safety month include:

• Plumbing. Plumbing does not last forever and if your aging parent is in the same home that they have been in for decades, it might be time to look into some repairs and replacements. The last thing you want is for the pipes to break or for old metal to start tainting their drinking water. Have a plumber come in and evaluate the lines, the toilets, the dishwasher, and other features to ensure that they are in good working condition. You may also want to have them check the hot water heater. Most of these are only designed to last for 20 years, so it might be time for a replacement so that your parent can continue to enjoy warm, comfortable, and healthy water.

• Electrician. The electricity in your parent’s home is vital to your care plan, and you want to make sure that is not only reliable, but safe. Have an electrician check the wiring to ensure that it is in good condition. This is especially important if your aging parent lives in an older home and is utilizing many contemporary electronics and appliances that may be too much for the system to handle. This is also a great time to think about adding in additional lighting such as recessed lighting or dimmers to improve visibility, or outdoor lights to create a safer atmosphere.

• Locksmith. Though building safety is primarily about the structural integrity of the building itself, you can also think about the security aspects of it. Especially if your elderly parent has wandering tendencies or is newly alone, the locking system of the home plays a critical role in keeping them safe and secure. Have the locksmith come and do a tour of the home both inside and out. They can then give you recommendations for ways to improve the safety of the building with multifaceted locking approaches and backup systems such as a lockbox with an emergency key.

If you or an aging loved one are considering help for family caregivers in Paoli, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO