Five Hazards to Watch for to Keep Your Parent Safe When Outside

The National Council on Aging reports that an aging adult is seen for fall-related injuries every 11 seconds. Every year, 25 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 65 fall down at least once. Many falls occur in daylight, and more than 50 percent of those falls happen outside. Take steps to eliminate potential hazards in and around your parent’s home to lower the risk of an outdoor fall.

Homecare Canandaigua NY - Five Hazards to Watch for to Keep Your Parent Safe When Outside

Homecare Canandaigua NY – Five Hazards to Watch for to Keep Your Parent Safe When Outside

Add Lighting

Outdoor lighting may be to blame for some falls. If there’s a deck or patio that doesn’t have bright lighting, add some. You don’t need to spend money on an electrician, hardware stores sell items like solar lights that attach to deck rails, posts, or even sit on stakes you push into the ground. With solar lighting, the sun charges the battery and then the lights turn on automatically when the light sensors feel it’s too dim.

Invest in a Cane or Walker

If your parent relies on handrails or furniture when moving around the house, he or she will benefit from having a walker or cane outside. The device offers support when walking around the yard or moving around a deck or patio. It’s a worthwhile investment when you’re trying to keep your parent safe.

Look for Uneven Patio Tiles, Pavement, and Decking

Every few months, inspect the driveway, patio, sidewalks, and deck for uneven flooring. A board on the deck might warp and need replacing. A crack in the driveway may need sealing. If a patio tile lifts up in the winter, you’ll want to pull it up and make sure it’s level with the other tile to prevent a hazard.

Remove Obstacles

Removing obstacles is important after storms or windy days. Check sidewalks and the yard where your parent walks for fallen branches or other obstacles. You should also walk around the deck or patio to look for planters or furnishings that are in the way. Rearrange any furniture that seems difficult to walk around.

Secure and Possibly Replace Handrails

Check handrails on stairs to ensure they are not loose or broken. If they are, fix or replace them before your parent goes to use them.

An elderly homecare service complements your efforts to keep your parent safe both inside the home and out. It’s hard to be the sole caregiver, so rely on a service to offer you respite from daily care routines. A homecare service can be there when you need and easily add or remove services as you feel necessary.


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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)