As a caretaker, your first and foremost priority when taking care of someone is to maintain and enhance their safety. If this means helping them into the bathroom or up and down stairs so that they will not fall, this is something you must do. Precautions should also be taken for situations when the caregiver is not present. In order to best protect the person you are caring for, a few simple things should be done.
First, have a life line device installed. This allows the person receiving care to contact an emergency call service with the push of a button. They can wear the button as a bracelet or necklace so that it is always at hand in case something happens where they have fallen or are in some sort of situation where they can not get to the phone. With a push of a button, they can have an EMT or ambulance get to their home within minutes.
A second safety precaution involves revising the dangerous spots through the home. These are the bathroom areas and stairs where most in the home accidents will occur. Having a shower chair can help, as can having railroads and handles installed. While sitting in the shower, the person has a much smaller chance of slipping and falling in the shower. The handles ensure that they can get in and out of the shower more easily. On the stairs, it is a bit trickier. If there is no hand rail on the stairs, one should definitely be installed. If the stairs are long and narrow, installing an elevating seat can help. This electric operated seat can take them up and down the stairs just by pressing a button. Again, being in a separated position will help to reduce the odds of falling.
Another big thing to think about that is often overlooked is peace of mind. Even if the home is as safe as possible, people in need of care have many worries. By addressing these worries head on, the caretaker can begin to take steps to reduce these worries. For example, sometimes an elderly woman is afraid that someone will break into her house. Taking precautions toward this is simple; they can install a new deadbolt lock, they can have a new security system installed, or they can even do something as simple and grassroots as let a neighbor know that they are worried. Whatever the situation might be, if you can address a fear, not only will you be taking steps toward reducing risk, you will be protecting their mental state. Safety is often just as much perception as it is an actual event. Encourage the person you are caring for to be open honest about what they worry about, this can give them a much more enjoyable life.