…We’ve provided a list of preparations you can apply to ensure it is.
When thinking about how to care for an ageing loved one, too many families overlook the importance of a home. While a house is just four walls and a roof, a home occupies a special place in someone’s heart. A home is where we have made memories, developed routines, and provide us with a sense of security due to its familiarity.
When your loved one is no longer able to take care of themselves in their home alone, family members must ask, “Is the home now able to accommodate live-in care?”
In this post, we have provided a checklist that gives an overview of what will need rearranging and attention in an average home.
Every home is different and has unique challenges. It’s a good idea to have someone do a walk through and ensure certain safety hazards are addressed.
We recommend checking the following areas:
Falling is the number one cause of injury for those in care. To avoid this, there are a number of precautions that can be taken. Walkways and stairs need to be free of major cracks. There should be no uneven and slippery surfaces. We encourage handrails to be checked, ensuring they are secure and in good shape. Also, for walking at night, there needs to be good lighting along walkways.
Windows and Doors
Windows and doors should be easily accessible. Make sure nothing is blocking them (things do tend to accumulate over the years). Ensure windows and doors open and close with ease. The locks are secure and there are spare keys available.
We recommend installing motion sensors or other security features that detect lack of motion or going outdoors. Smoke detectors need to be updated with lights or vibrate features. We also recommend installing carbon monoxide detectors as carbon monoxide can go undetected until it is too late. Check each sensor monthly.
To avoid falls, install grab bars for showers, bathtubs and toilets. There are anti-scald devices that can be placed on all taps. We also recommend having non-slip bath mats, raised toilet seat, and adequate lighting to make sure any hazards are avoided.
Safety Inside The Home
Eliminate all tripping hazards inside the home by securing railings, checking the sturdiness of the stairs, making sure there is lighting throughout the house, removing any clutter, securing edges and corners of carpets, and in hiding or securing any wires or cables.
In case of emergency, there needs to be a clear plan to get home. Phones need to be updated with important numbers on speed dial or clearly written out somewhere nearby. Any fire extinguishers must be accessible. We recommend checking the levels checked regularly. Medications must also be clearly labelled (ideally in a pill box or NOMAD).emergency routes planned and discussed, also consider who has extra keys or fitting a key safe.
How To Prepare For A Live-in Carer
This is one of the most common questions asked by families considering live in care for their loved one. What do we need to do to make sure the home can handle a carer living there?
- The carer must have a designated private space to sleep and store their belongings. A personal washroom is not required though it is ideal.
- It is the responsibility of the homeowner or family to identify areas of the home or items that are off-limits.
- We encourage our clients to have a clear list of expectations prepared beforehand. Adding a bulletin board or whiteboard for posting notices, reminders, and general communication helps the relationship and the functionality of the home.
If you’re considering care and would like to hear more about the many advantages of live-in care, or just have some questions, we’d love to chat with you. Please call us on 02392 704 190 or use this form. Our friendly team is waiting to help you and your loved one.