Choosing Nighttime Safety Products
If you are the caregiver, or family member of an elderly parent or relative, you may be concerned about their safety at night. Many times older men and women awake in the night, and because of a lack of safety products can experience serious falls and other problems. Choosing the right nighttime safety products for your loved one can help insure a safer environment for the times when you cannot be there. These products can range from the simple to the more complex, depending upon what the person needs. However, before you simply buy every available product on the market there are some key considerations to make when choosing nighttime safety products.
Here are just a few:
What does your elderly loved one need?
While you may be tempted to buy every product and service available, it is important to determine what your parent, friend or relative really needs. Having a gentle conversation about what they perceive as their nighttime needs is a good place to start. While you may feel uncomfortable, it is important to communicate you are only trying to help and do not want to diminish their independence. It is important to understand that there is a wide range of needs. Some people may only need motion sensor lighting that automatically turns on when they get up (to light their way toward bathroom or kitchen), while others may need sensors to alert in-home caregivers, or a safety bar (on their bed), to help steady those who are unstable and dizzy when trying to get up out of their bed.
What will your loved one need in the future?
The caregiving needs of the elderly can remain the status quo for a long time and then change rapidly. You must consider not only what your parent or other loved one needs now but what they could possibly need in the future. If they are relatively healthy then motion sensor lighting and safety grips may be fine right now. If your loved one has declining health they may need further items that provide greater assistance as time goes on.
What can be done to accommodate their needs within their present home? Sometimes there are simple solutions like rearranging furniture, or getting rid of objects that could present as an obstacle, should your loved one get up in the night. Taking a clear and concise view of the surroundings and then having an open and honest conversation with your loved one can be the first step toward making their home safer at night.
How much technology is involved?
The present generation may not feel as comfortable with items that have high degrees of technology. Presenting your loved one with safety items that they know they can use and feel comfortable with is a big step toward acceptance.
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