Having elderly relatives move in with you raises a series of important questions that must be dealt with if all is to work out well for everyone. Such questions include those about financial implications (in particular if modifications to enable wheelchair access or fit stair lifts, for instance, are necessary); concerns about space; privacy issues, matters concerning lifestyles and social lives.
Safety concerns to consider
Then, of course, there is the matter of keeping your elderly relatives safe and well in your home. This means ensuring that slips, trips and falls are prevented by:
- Providing adequate lighting (complete with easy to find and reach light switches) in all areas of your home
- Ensuring all walking areas in your home are kept free of clutter and other potential trip or fall hazards. This may include removal or replacement of loose or defective carpeting or other flooring likely to cause trip injuries by interfering with walking aids
- Reducing the risk of slip injuries by either removing rugs (especially if they are located on smooth, possibly polished flooring) or securing them with the help of non-slip grip material
- Non-slip mats and handrails in the bathroom will also help to prevent your relative being injured by slipping and falling.
Preventing other injuries
Smoke, heat and gas alarms are recommended for any home, but are particularly important if elderly residents are to be protected against injuries by fire. Should your relative be hard of hearing, such alarms (in particular smoke alarms) should be fitted with visual alerts (flashing lights) and/or a vibrating pad (to be placed underneath their pillow) in order to alert them to danger during the night. Occupational therapists and local fire services can also provide specific advice on procedures in the event of fire if, for instance, your relative suffers with health problems or poor mobility.
Away from home
While you can prevent a great deal of personal injuries inside your home in this fashion, you will not be able to control the risks you or your family members (young and old alike) are exposed to when leaving the home. If you or any member of your family are injured by a slip, trip or fall in a shop or other public place, you may be entitled to claim for injury compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for detailed information on how to claim for slip, fall or trip injury compensation today.
Date Published: July 21, 2015
Author: Accident Advice