Ice and Snow Create Fall Hazards for Seniors – Home Care Helps with Home Safety in Grand Rapids, MI

If you have ever stepped outside onto your porch right after a snowstorm and slipped, you know just how dangerous ice and snow can be. Such winter hazards can be even more threatening for seniors who are coping with mobility issues. Not only is it easier for a senior to fall in wintry weather, but seniors are also much more susceptible to breaking bones and suffering other serious consequences of such a fall. It is absolutely critical that you protect your aging loved one from slipping and falling when the ice and snow come. A home care companion can offer the ideal assistance for your loved one city can still participate in the events and activities that he wants to, while remaining safe in the wintry weather.

Home Care in Grand Rapids, MIA home care companion is able to recognize home safety issues that you may not the aware of. You are accustomed to your parents’ home. This means it may be very easy for you to overlook hazards that can put your loved one in serious danger. You may not think about how slick the porch is, or the loose banister that has been that way for years, or the uneven sidewalk that you have always teased your father about in terms of the risks that these things can pose to your parents. A home care companion can come into a senior’s home with a fresh eye, capable of noticing things that could be dangerous and offering suggestions for solving the problems.

When the ice and snow are making getting around more difficult, a home care companion can also provide mobility assistance so that your loved one is able to keep up with their energetic lives while staying safe. This means simply helping them get out of the house and navigate steps and sidewalks, and providing transportation to doctors’ appointments, social events, and running errands. This makes sure that the winter season will bring injuries and other serious consequences to your loved one.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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