As we grow older, most people would like to age in the places that we are most comfortable. And for the majority of us, this is in our own homes and communities, where we can be close to our loved ones and are familiar with the surroundings. The one problem that sometimes arises, however, involves the suitability of the home to the senior who wishes to continue living there. In many cases, seniors continue to live in homes that are unsuitable to their changing abilities as they grow older. This situation can result in any number of dangers to the individual, including falls, that must be avoided at all costs. Therefore, when you ask, “What is an environmental assessment?” our answer is the solution to your problems.
At HomeCentris, our focus is specifically on helping seniors in need of care continue to live in their homes. It only follows that it is one of our highest priorities to ensure that their homes are safe. And the way that we do this is through a continual process of environmental assessment that allows us to assess the hazardous or problematic aspects of their living situation, and make sure that they are taken care of.
What Can I Expect?
There are many factors to address when assessing the safety of a home in which a senior lives. Because falls are a particular concern, environmental assessment tends to focus on potential safety concerns on that front. To that end, it is important to assess the danger level of:
- Bathrooms. Are there dangerous or potentially slippery surfaces? Have rails and non-slip mats been installed where necessary?
- Placement of commonly used objects. Are often used objects stored at the waist-level? Does retrieving any such items require the use of a step stool?
- Lighting. Are all of the lightbulbs functioning? Is every room in the house adequately lit, especially staircases and high-traffic areas? Are nightlights being utilized?
- Stairs. Are the stairs free of clutter? Are the railings secure? Have you kept all rugs/carpets in good repair and securely fixed to the floor?
- Floors and walkways. Are electrical cords exposed or unsecured in high-traffic areas? Are all rugs/carpets in good repair and securely fixed to the floor? Is the furniture arrangement conducive to getting around the space quickly and easily?
The above are only a few of the things that are important to look for when performing an environmental assessment of a home in which a senior is living.
Contact Us Today
At HomeCentris, our mission is a simple one: we aim to help seniors maintain their independence while providing the highest possible quality of care. Being able to continue to live at home as we age should be a joy, not a worry. And by assessing and modifying the environment in which an aging senior is living, you can make sure that they can live as independently as possible for as long as possible. If you and your family are interested in learning more about our services or would like to schedule an environmental assessment for yourself or a member of your family, call us today at 855.886.8710. Stay independent as you age while getting the care you need with HomeCentris.