Stairways can be one of the most dangerous areas of your elderly family member’s home. How you approach stairway safety can make all the difference, though.
Check the Hand Rails
Just because your senior has hand rails in her stairway, that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe. Test the hand rails and see if they could support your elderly family member if she should stumble and fall. If the hand rails are loose or otherwise unsafe, it’s time to replace them.
Install a Second Set of Hand Rails
If the stairway has another wall, you might want to add a set of hand rails on that side, too. Another idea is to install another set of hand rails at a slightly lower height in case your senior misses grasping one set. Make sure that you use anchors to secure the hand rails to the studs in the wall for the most secure attachment.
Stair Treads Are Vital
The treads on the stairs can be a problem all on their own. Check the treads to make sure that none of them are loose or slippery. If there’s carpet, make sure that it’s in good condition and that it’s securely attached to the stair tread. Make sure that you’re repairing stair treads properly because poorly repaired treads are worse than if you’d left them alone.
Remove Obstacles Regularly
Stairs are an excellent collector for items that need to go upstairs or downstairs. Unfortunately, that’s not a good thing at all. Make sure that you’re policing the stairs regularly to ensure that nothing gets left on the stairs. Do a sweep at the beginning and the end of the day to ensure that you’re checking at least twice a day for objects that don’t belong on the stairs.
Consider Relocating Your Senior to a Lower Level
To keep your senior from having to deal with the stairs multiple times a day, you might want to consider relocating your senior to a room on the main floor of the house. This might be a temporary situation, such as when you’re waiting to install a stair lift, or it might be a more permanent situation for your elderly family member.
Keeping your senior safe might mean using a combination of these different tips in order to minimize risk. Work with other family members and homecare providers to stay on top of any changes that could mean trouble for your elderly family member.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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