- Q1: What are the top environmental hazards (at home) for seniors?
- — Shield HealthCare (@shieldhealth)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:08:14A1: Unchecked batteries in smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors. Really 4 every1-but harder to change as u get older! #ElderCareChat
- — Home Care Assistance (@HCAssistance)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:09:59A1: not enough contrast - seniors w/ vision problems may have difficulty seeing stairs or objects in bathroom, etc #eldercarechat
- — Tapestry (@TapestrySeniors)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:08:24Yes - ice/slippery snow is hazardous for everyone! Especially so for #seniors. #ElderCareChat https://twitter.com/SafeStepTub/status/677188056261066752 …
- Q2: What potential home hazards exist during the holiday season?
- — ECP (@EssentialCP)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:22:32A2. In many cases the holidays present a busier time, more driving & extra physical activity. #ElderCareChat https://twitter.com/OurParents/status/677189586460811264 …
- — SafeStep Walk-In Tub (@SafeStepTub)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:14:13A2: Try to avoid creating clutter when decorating for the holidays in order to avoid tripping. #ElderCareChat
- — DailyCaring (@DailyCaring)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:13:58A2. Decorations! Twinkling lights can be disorienting. Extra electrical cords, more clutter are tripping hazards #ElderCareChat
- — Provider Magazine (@ProviderMag)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:15:43A2: Unattended candles, and cooking appliances (stove, oven, crockpots), holiday plants (eg trees, wreaths) #ElderCareChat
- — DrWilson (@Dr_Wilson_EOL)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:15:56A2. Main home hazard in Christmas is kitchen with family meals, stress & more people around increase accident probabilities #ElderCareChat
- — RSNC (@RehabServicesNC)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:15:30A2:Srs trying to decorate their homes and hang things that may throw them off balance, remembering to turn off lights on tree #ElderCareChat
- — Home Care Assistance (@HCAssistance)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:14:57A2: Avoid putting decor where they will hold for support; tinsel could make hand railings slippery #eldercarechat
- Q3: What can be done in the home to help people avoid slips and trips when they come in from the wet and slushy cold?
- — Tapestry (@TapestrySeniors)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:17:48
- — Shield HealthCare (@shieldhealth)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:20:43A3: Grab bars in the mud room. Long shoe horns within easy reach next to a sturdy chair. Coats that are easy to take off. #ElderCareChat
- — DailyCaring (@DailyCaring)Wed, Dec 16 2015 18:19:14A3. Get a low-profile, non-slip kitchen mat to absorb water. Get a tray to place wet shoes in so the water collects there #ElderCareChat
- Q4: The use of candles is risky year-round, but everyone loves a candlelit holiday table or mantel. Name some safer alternatives.
Keeping the Holidays Happy (and Hazard-Free)