How Caregivers Can Keep Seniors Safe This Holiday Season

Nursing Home Blog

coupleTaking care of a senior during the holiday season requires extra vigilance and attention on your part. Celebrations call for fireplaces, lit candles, electric lights outside the house and more electric lights inside for tree decoration. Buoyed by the festivities, seniors may try to do more activity than they can handle, which can lead to injury.

With that in mind, here are holiday safety tips for seniors and caregivers to help you and your loved ones stay safe this year.

Icy Walkways and Steps

When the temperature plummets and it starts to snow, you can count on slippery conditions on the walkways and steps to your home. Clear these areas of ice to help keep seniors from slipping and falling.

Fire Danger

People often light candles to help celebrate the holidays, and these exposed flames pose a danger to seniors, especially those who have difficulties with their vision or mobility. Do not allow seniors to hang lit candles on a holiday tree, as the risk of fire is great.

This would be a good time to double check that all smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries.

Holiday Trees

While many people prefer a real tree in their home during the holidays, they pose a safety hazard. Decorative lights and their wiring could fail, causing the tree to catch on fire. If you have a real tree, make sure to position it away from fireplaces, lit candles and radiators.

Overdoing It

When winter arrives and the snow starts to fall, seniors may be tempted to try and shovel the snow themselves. If they are not physically up to doing such a strenuous task, elders could slip and fall. Those who have a cardiac condition could have a heart attack because of overexertion.

Emphasize moderation in all things, including attempts to clean up inside and outside the house and you will help keep elders safer.

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