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What Safety Issues Exist for Seniors Living Alone?

When seniors live alone, they must have a safe and secure environment. Staying independent means that seniors need to be able to address safety issues, either on their own or with the help of senior home care services and family caregivers.

Entrances and Exits

Entrances and exits are a huge problem for seniors because they can be common spots for falls and other injuries. Lighting issues need to be addressed and walkways need to be clear of tripping hazards. It’s also important to make sure that there are working locks on doors and windows. Home care providers can keep track of these issues and help seniors address them.

Stairs and Flooring

Inside the home, flooring and stairs can cause similar issues as entrances and exits can. Hallways and stairs need to be free of clutter and tripping hazards. They should also have sturdy handrails so seniors can grab them whenever necessary. Carpets, rugs, and other flooring types need to be secure and without tripping hazards of their own.


In kitchens, seniors may find that counters and cooking surfaces might not be at the right height any longer. This is especially true if they’ve started to shrink or if they need to sit to work in the kitchen. Appliances need to have easy access to controls that are also easy to read. Any dangerous items, like cleaning supplies and sharp items, might need to be secured as well.


Bathrooms are a huge concern for many seniors, particularly if they’re experiencing more trouble with mobility. Adding grab bars and using assistive tools like shower benches can make it safer to use the bathroom properly. Seniors may need additional help from personal care at home if they’re having significant trouble keeping up with hygiene tasks.


Seniors need to be both comfortable and safe in their bedrooms in particular. The bed should be at a safe height to get in and out easily. Using bed rails might be a good idea overnight, especially for seniors with mobility issues. A nightlight can help aging adults get to the bathroom safely overnight and it might be a good idea to make sure there is a phone or emergency call button near the bed.


Lighting throughout the house is another safety concern. Bright, glare-free lighting helps seniors to see easily without tripping over objects or shadows. Easy-access light switches are important, but it can also be a good idea to put motion-sensing light fixtures in each room. Nightlights are also helpful everywhere in the house, not just in bedrooms and bathrooms.


Carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and other safety tools are crucial. There should be a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, just in case. It’s also a good idea to come up with an emergency plan for all sorts of situations so that seniors know exactly what they need to do in a given situation. These plans are also incredibly helpful for senior home care providers.

Senior home care services can offer companionship to aging adults, but they also work hard to ensure that seniors are as safe as possible at home. Home care providers can assist with home safety assessments, fall prevention, and daily safety as well.


If you or an aging loved one is considering senior home care in Chandler, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!

It’s Hot Outside, so Make Sure Your Mom Stays Cool

The first week of July saw the world break the hottest global temperature since records for global highs have been recorded. A day later, the record was broken again when the global temperature reached 62.92 degrees Fahrenheit.

In southern regions of the U.S., heat waves have been affecting states like Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. The Eastern Seaboard and New England are also experiencing extremely hot weather that isn’t going away. For an older adult, this heat is dangerous.

Your mom lives alone, and you can only check on her with a phone call as you’re on the other side of the country. How do you make sure she’s staying cool when it’s so hot outside?

Is It Time for a New AC?

If your mom’s home doesn’t have central AC, you may want to consider looking into energy-efficient window AC systems. With ENERGY STAR rebates available, she can get an AC system for a lot less. There are also tax incentives for heat pump AC systems if she wants to take advantage of an energy-efficient system for her home.

What If She Doesn’t Have AC?

If your mom doesn’t have an AC system, she can keep her home cooler by closing the blinds and keeping sunlight from warming her rooms. A floor fan or ceiling fans help keep air moving, which will make her rooms feel cooler. If she sits in front of a fan, she’ll feel cooler.

When it’s extremely hot, wearing damp clothing keeps her core body temperature lower. Dampen a T-shirt in the sink and wear that. When it dries out, repeat the process.

She needs to stay hydrated. If she’s on medications to lower fluid retention, talk to her doctor about how much water she should be drinking. If there are no limits, two liters is a good goal, but excessive sweating can increase the amount she needs.

If she doesn’t like drinking a lot of water, stock her refrigerator and fruit bowl with fruits that have high water content. Oranges, berries, watermelon, and cantaloupe are excellent options.

Finally, make sure she stays inside during the hottest times of the day. Generally, this is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If she needs to take a walk, she should go first thing in the morning and after dinner.

Rely on In-Home Care to Support Your Mom

Arrange in-home care services for your mom. You might not live close by, but that doesn’t mean she has to go without anyone checking in for weeks or even months. A caregiver can stop by and make sure her AC is running and that she has access to clean water for showers and staying hydrated.

In-home care aides can clean your mom’s home, take her shopping, and schedule HVAC services if her AC system isn’t working effectively. Learn more about home care services by making a call.


If you or an aging loved one is considering in-home care in Tempe, AZ, please call the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Scottsdale at (480) 284-7360. We are here to help!