Preparing for the holidays is an exciting time for the family, including senior relatives. To make sure you and your family have a fun holiday, it’s important to pay attention to these Thanksgiving safety tips for seniors. Simple changes you make around the home will prevent any accidents, ensure that no one gets hurt, and encourage the family to have a fun and safe time. Here are some important safety tips to remember this season.

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Cook Healthy Foods

Many seniors do not eat a healthy, balanced diet, so when you are preparing dishes for the holidays, be sure to create meals that are full of vitamins and nutrients. If your loved one is on a special diet, be sure to limit salt, sugar, fat, or whatever ingredients they need to watch out for. The food should also be easy to chew and swallow.

Ensure a Secure Home

If your family is having Thanksgiving dinner at your senior relative’s house, be sure to make sure the area is safe. You can check the refrigerator for expired food, investigate the house for cleanliness, have a look at how the pets are doing, and speak to the neighbours to find out if any unusual behaviour has been noticed. You can also speak to your loved one to find out how they are doing, if anything is bothering them, and if there is any way you can help. Following your instincts in a situation like this can go a long way.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

The holidays and changing seasons may call for bad weather, so be sure you plan your trip safely if you are going a distance to visit your loved one. This will also help reduce stress, if you are travelling with your senior relative. Making the drive safe can be simple: make sure you have enough gas in the tank, plan your route and prepare a detour route, and make driving arrangements specific to your aging relative if they cannot travel on their own.

Avoid Safety Hazards

To ensure the home is safe, you should also do a quick check. If your relative needs a walking aid, make sure they are using it. You should also make sure they do not stand on ladders or chairs to reach objects. If there are rugs that can easily be tripped over, remove them. You should also inspect the smoke and fire detectors annually to ensure that your relative is not in danger. It is also a good idea to avoid using candles and leaving them unattended during the holidays.

Get Help from Ronnie’s Home Care Services

Making sure your home is safe over the holidays by paying attention to these senior care tips will go a long way in terms of safeguarding your aging relatives. If you need help, consider giving Ronnie’s Home Care Services a call. We provide professional senior care in Toronto and Vaughan, and are dedicated to providing comprehensive in-home care services, senior and elder care services, Alzheimer’s & dementia care, as well as home healthcare services to the residents in the Vaughan area, including but not limited to Richmond Hill, Caledon, Markham, Aurora and the GTA. All of our staff members are required to have a CPR & First Aid Certificate, a clean record, vulnerable police check, and a in some cases a PSW’s certificate. We are available from four hours a day to 24/7 live-in care. For more information about our services, contact us today.

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for going over some good tips for elders over Thanksgiving. I’m glad that you mentioned that you should check the house, like for expired food or how clean the place is. If they have a caregiver it could be a good chance to ask them on how things are going as well, just to stay updated.

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