California Home Care is concerned about our client's safety.
Accidents can be prevented by carefully inspecting the living space of
an individual who may be experiencing difficulty with movement. Here
are a few tips:
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- Apply double-faced tape
to the backs of rugs where one can trip or slide. Removing the rug may
be the safest measure.
- Install good lighting in
hallways and staircases. Check lighting on outdoor walkways.
- Apply abrasive strips to
outdoor steps as necessary to prevent slipping.
- Use a loud timer when
cooking to prevent mishaps or fires.
- Install grab bars next to
commode and bathtub.
- Apply abrasive strips on
tub and shower floors.
- Use a shower stool to sit
while washing to reduce the chance of falling.
- Keep a light and phone
(or other alert system) near the bed.
- Electric blankets should
be kept in good condition. They should not be tucked in or have other
coverings on top of them.
- Check smoke alarms
regularly to ensure they are working properly.
Precautions to Take When Any Outside Workers Come into Your Home
(Suggestions from the Public Guardians and North County
Council on Aging)
Public Guardian Investigator, Susan Jamme, says, "It's sad, but
occasionally during the aging process, the elderly lose the ability to
make good decisions. Consequently, fiduciary abuse is on the rise, and
believe it or not, suspects are generally family members, friends,
neighbors, fellow church members, caretakers, attorneys, money
managers, and befriending strangers. It's wise to take protective
action to guard against problems."
The North County Council on Aging recommends a few considerations when
hiring someone to work in the home - whether they are repair workers,
caregivers, housekeepers, gardeners. A few simple precautions can help
protect you from being a victim and give you peace of mind:
- It's always a good habit to have your jewelry and
money put away and not visible where it could be a temptation.
- Photos should be taken of more valuable items. In the
a theft, fire, or other loss, you can provide more accurate
identification and proof of ownership.
- Maintain a business relationship with the worker,
which excludes lending money.
- These actions are in the caregiver's best interest as
For example, a reputable caregiver would not want to be falsely accused
of taking something a client may have forgotten he/she previously gave
to a relative.
California Home Care agrees. We advise making sure
company or individual you associate yourself with provides insured,
bonded and trustworthy caregivers. Ask about their screening process to
ensure it is thorough. Then, select the one that's most qualified.
California Home Care maintains the highest standards
in the home
care industry. Our strict policies include thorough screening by
personal interviews, written tests, reference verifications, and
criminal background checks. For additional safety, CHC caregivers are
bonded and insured to protect our clients and caregivers.