Is Someone You Love In Danger? In-Home Safety Supervision of Seniors

August 2nd, 2017 1 Comment

Is Someone You Love In Danger?

Seniors who live at home may enjoy having a feeling of independence and the comfort of being in their own space. However, sometimes being alone isn’t safe for seniors, and it can help to have someone in the house making sure that they are safe and healthy. One good solution for seniors living at their own homes is in-home safety supervision. People trained in safety supervision can ensure that seniors enjoy a feeling of independence while remaining uninjured or unharmed.

What Does Safety Supervision Entail?

Safety supervision can entail a number of services that help keep people independent. Some of the most common include shopping assistance (making sure a person is safe while shopping—such as reaching for items, walking to and from the store, carrying packages, etc.), assistance with transportation (helping a person in and out of a vehicle, for example), and supervision while cooking. Care providers also supervise trips to the bathroom, bath or shower time, grooming, and dressing. Safety supervision can also be helpful if a senior wants to exercise at home or is instructed to do physical therapy exercises as part of their recovery.

4 Reasons They Need Safety Supervision

Not all seniors need safety supervision, but there are certain signs for people that do. A senior may benefit from in-home safety supervision if they experience any of the following:

  • Frailty, which makes daily tasks difficult and falling likely
  • Mobility issues, which limit the ability to complete important routine tasks like getting to the bathroom
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which impair a person’s memory and keep them from remembering how to complete routine activities
  • A stroke, which can have after-effects that make living at home, caring for oneself and navigating a space challenging

Who Provides Safety Supervision?

In addition to the careful attention of family caregivers, safety supervision is a service that can be provided by home health care professionals. These people are trained to recognize the scenarios in which seniors might be at risk for injuries, and who know the typical daily difficulties people encounter as they age. Trained safety supervisors can make life safer, easier, and more enjoyable for seniors who live at home.

If you have a senior in your life who might benefit from in-home care, reach out to Visiting Angels at (609) 883-8188. Our trained and state-certified employee caregivers can help adults live safely and comfortably in their own homes, and they can help with safety supervision, housekeeping, personal care, and more.

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