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Planning for Safety

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Special Fire Devices for Seniors Help Ensure Safety

Smoking and candles don’t mix — not with seniors, who often live alone without a second set of eyes to be on guard for accidents. Family members can take steps to help minimize the safety risk, but a home helper — such as a Home Instead CAREGiverSM — might be a good option to help keep Mom or Dad safe.

Middle-aged woman decorating her parents' house for the holidays.

Put Safety First When Decorating Seniors' Homes

If the grandchildren are coming to your senior loved one’s home for the holidays, help ensure a safe environment. From decorations to presents to food, don’t miss a detail. A Home Instead CAREGiverSM could help pull everything together.

CAREGiver helping an elderly woman organize her garage.

Clutter Control Can Pose Challenges at Home

Some seniors could unwittingly create safety risks in their abodes that include the risk of slipping on loose papers, the threat of fire or the health hazards of mold and mildew. If your senior needs help to keep the house tidy, consider support.

Spring Cleaning a Senior’s Home: 5 Tips to Get It Done

Spring cleaning is such a refreshing annual tradition. A brightened, fresh clean home makes all the hard work worth it. But if your senior loved one hasn’t been able to keep up with regular housekeeping chores, you may be facing a daunting task. Where to begin? Start with this list.

5 Ways Family Caregivers Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

Careful Planning Tips for Hurricane Season - Hurricane season began on June 1, and experts are predicting an extremely active season for 2013. Already we've had one named storm hit the east coast. Devastating storm systems in the Midwest also remind us that we need to be prepared for extreme weather emergencies -- especially when it comes to caring for seniors with medical needs and limited mobility.

Food on the grill

Safety Tips Help Seniors Enjoy Summer Grilling

Grilling and summertime go hand-in-hand. Your senior can still continue with favorite summer pastimes such as cookouts with a little extra help from a family member or professional CAREGiverSM.

Senior looking at medication label

Look-and-See Signs of Aging

The conditions of aging can leave seniors at risk in their own homes. Most older adults do want to age at home. That's why family caregivers should know the signs that their loved one might be needing help at home. The following checklist from the Home Instead® network reveals what family caregivers should look for when they are in a senior's home.

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Threat of Natural Disasters Calls for Preparedness Plan To Protect Seniors

Whether it's hurricanes, tornados, wildfires or floods, helping older adults – among the most vulnerable populations – should be a priority.

Caregiver helping senior woman out of car

When it's Time to go to the Doctor…Here's What to Ask

Doctor visits can be overwhelming for older adults, particularly if they have hearing problems or dementia. Seniors often appreciate someone attending an appointment with them. If a family caregiver can't attend an appointment with an older loved one, encourage or help a senior find someone – a trusted neighbor or friend – to go with him or her to provide any needed assistance.

Senior man with walker

Senior Safety Checklist

Each year, many older Americans are injured in and around their homes - often from hazards that are easily overlooked, but easy

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