Senior Safety: Home Safety Checklist forNational Safety Month
As part of National Safety Month, BrightStar Care, a full-service homecare agency that provides both medical and non-medic...
According to the National Safety Council, approximately 245 people dieevery day of unintentional injuries in homes and com...
BrightStar Care offers the following checklist to make each majorarea of the home safe for seniors:
Kitchen• Store sharp knives and other utensils in a rack.• Mark "on" and "off" positions on appliances clearly and with br...
Bathroom• Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower.• Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower floor...
Bedroom• Keep a nightlight illuminated in the room.• Make sure there is a nightstand next to the bed with a lamp, telephon...
General safety/outside• Periodically check and change smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.• Front and back doors should ha...
In addition to above precautions, RothMcGuire said BrightStar Careencourages families to visit their aging loved ones regu...
While fulfilling the demand of in-home care for the nations growingaging population continues to be a focus of service for...
As the only national brand to pursue Joint Commission accreditation ateach location, BrightStar locations nationwide are c...
As part of BrightStars unique approach to reducing the likelihood ofclients experiencing a fall, a Registered Nurse perfor...
For more information on fall prevention, visit BrightStar Cares"Focus on Falls" page.
Find Quality Care NowLocate a BrightStar Near You!Find a location in CanadaFind a location in the US
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As part of National Safety Month, BrightStar Care, a full-service home care agency that provides both medical and non-medical care to patients from infants to elders, is educating families on how to make simple changes in their homes that can decrease the likelihood of injuries in their aging loved ones.

To learn more about benefits of home care and types of senior homecare services please visit www.brightstarcare.com/senior-home-care.

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Senior Safety: In-Home Care Agency Creates Checklist for National Safety Month

  1. 1. Senior Safety: Home Safety Checklist forNational Safety Month
  2. 2. As part of National Safety Month, BrightStar Care, a full-service homecare agency that provides both medical and non-medical care topatients from infants to elders, is educating families on how to makesimple changes in their homes that can decrease the likelihood ofinjuries in their aging loved ones.
  3. 3. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 245 people dieevery day of unintentional injuries in homes and communities.Sharon RothMcGuire, MS, RN, GNP-BC, Senior Vice President of Quality &Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care, notes that in-home caregivers can playa significant role in educating families about home-safety measures andprevent many of the needless injuries and deaths that involve seniors.
  4. 4. BrightStar Care offers the following checklist to make each majorarea of the home safe for seniors:
  5. 5. Kitchen• Store sharp knives and other utensils in a rack.• Mark "on" and "off" positions on appliances clearly and with brightcolors.• Switch out food regularly (check expiration dates).• Ensure that your loved one avoids wearing loose, long-hanging clothingwhen cooking over the stove.
  6. 6. Bathroom• Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower.• Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower floor.• Clearly label cold and hot faucets.
  7. 7. Bedroom• Keep a nightlight illuminated in the room.• Make sure there is a nightstand next to the bed with a lamp, telephone,clock and additional space for any other important items (such asmedications).
  8. 8. General safety/outside• Periodically check and change smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.• Front and back doors should have strong, bolted locks and a peephole.• Stairways should be free of objects and hand rails should be sturdy.• Garage door is easy to operate (even if snow is piled up against it).• All extension cords and wires should be out of the path of foot traffic andnot plugged in to too many electronics.
  9. 9. In addition to above precautions, RothMcGuire said BrightStar Careencourages families to visit their aging loved ones regularly.
  10. 10. While fulfilling the demand of in-home care for the nations growingaging population continues to be a focus of service for BrightStar Care,the company has carved a niche with the ability to offer the fullcontinuum of care in the home, including companionship services forseniors and skilled medical care for just about any need imaginable.
  11. 11. As the only national brand to pursue Joint Commission accreditation ateach location, BrightStar locations nationwide are committed tomeeting National Patient Safety Goals around fall prevention.
  12. 12. As part of BrightStars unique approach to reducing the likelihood ofclients experiencing a fall, a Registered Nurse performs an evaluation offall risk during initial and subsequent health assessments for everyclient. Proactive measures to address fall risk are then incorporated intoindividualized plans of care to promote safety in addition to addressingthe specific care needs of each client.
  13. 13. For more information on fall prevention, visit BrightStar Cares"Focus on Falls" page.
  14. 14. Find Quality Care NowLocate a BrightStar Near You!Find a location in CanadaFind a location in the US
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