There’s a lot of variety in stairs. Some stairways are longer or shorter, or even steeper, than others. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they can be a spot where some really bad accidents can happen, especially for older adults. Making your senior’s stairs as safe as possible means taking a closer look at what’s happening with them.
Remove Anything that Doesn’t Belong
Stairs need to be a very no-nonsense part of your elderly family member’s home. Anything cutesy or decorative needs to be removed because that can inadvertently become an obstacle. Clear away anything that doesn’t have any sort of business being on or around the stairs. If your senior objects, ask her to give a clear stairway a try for a while. She may soon realize that she feels safer navigating the stairs when they’re cleared off.
Add a Variety of Lighting Options
If the stairs are well-lit, that’s going to make seeing what’s happening a lot easier for your senior and for anyone helping her on the stairs. The easiest option for lighting is motion-sensing lights. These lights turn on automatically when the sensors detect movement and then turn off again after the movement has stopped for a few seconds. It might also be a good idea to make sure that there’s an easily accessible flashlight at the top and bottom of stairways.
Make Sure Handrails Are Secure
Handrails are often overlooked and yet that’s the first spot your senior will seek help if she loses her balance. Make sure that all handrails are properly secured and that they’re at a good height for your senior to grab. If possible, install another handrail on the other side of the stairway to double her options.
Keep the Treads Secure and Safe
The treads are one of the most dangerous spots on a set of stairs. Depending on the material involved, your senior may find the stairs to be slippery. Non-slip materials, like rubberized overlays, can help to make the stairs a little more stable. Throw or area rugs anywhere near the stairs can be immensely dangerous. Remove those, even if it means leaving that spot of flooring bare.
Part of helping your elderly family member to maintain her independence for as long as possible involves ensuring that she’s safe around obstacles like stairs. Home care providers can help you and your senior to spot safety hazards and get them corrected before something happens.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Media, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.