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Dealing with the Dangers of Clutter

Dealing with the Dangers of Clutter

 Dealing with the Dangers of ClutterIt’s important to be safe on the road and at work, but safety at home is an equally critical consideration—particularly in light of National Safety Month this past June.

With the help of Chris Seman, president of Caring Transitions, a professional solution for senior relocation, downsizing, estate sale, and online auction services, we explore …Read more ›

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Elderly Parent Smokes? Assisted Living Safety Measures to Look For

People in senior-living facilities have died from fires caused by cigarette smoking, reports Betty Norman, B.S.N., at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. She describes two recent examples, and they aren’t building fires. They’re clothing fires.

To help prevent further such tragedies, Norman, who’s risk control director at Glatfelter Healthcare Practice, lists some smoking guidelines she says senior living facilities should put in place—and enforce. If you have an elderly parent who smokes, …Read more ›

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The Elderly and Food Poisoning: Fourth of July Safety Tips

Happy Fourth of July!

In case you’re celebrating with an elderly person, here are some safety tips to help you prepare.

Grills and fireworks are fun “until somebody gets hurt.” (Where have we heard that before?) If your elderly parent gets burned, American Red Cross advises calling 911 for “burns other than a very minor one.”

Food poisoning also poses special dangers to seniors. According to the Advocate on Aging blog:

For the elderly, the risk of food …Read more ›

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Bed Rail Warnings: Suffocation, Worse Falls

Using a hospital bed in your home? Watch out for the bed rails, warns The New Old Age, a blog from The New York Times. Bucking common sense, they can actually be dangerous. A patient can get trapped between the bars, or between the rails and the mattress, and suffocate.

Think they’ll at least prevent falls? Well, yes, but there’s a catch:

“Rails decrease your risk of falling by 10 …Read more ›

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Nursing Home Safety: Illinois Task Force Sets Hearing For Tuesday

In Illinois – Gov. Pat Quinn’s new Nursing Home Safety Task Force will hear testimony from elder care advocates, service providers and residents in an open, public meeting Tuesday.

It also announced a Web site — — that takes citizens’ comments and recommendations.

“All of us have a role to play in ensuring the safety and well-being of nursing home residents, and we urge the public to join us in this critical work,” …Read more ›

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