Elderly Visits: Danger Zones

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Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:59am

Your home may hold hidden dangers for elderly visitors.

Karen Kitchen loves when her 88-year-old father comes to visit but she also worries.

"He has a bad back condition that has gotten terribly worse, so he's gone from a cane, to a walker, to now a motorized wheelchair," Karen says.

Lynn Imondi, an Occupational Therapist with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), says it's important for homeowners to look for potential dangers.

"My biggest concern is that one of the dogs will knock him over. We have a lot of hazards along the way, like toys and dog beds," Karen says.

That's why she plans ahead for her Dad's visit, like keeping the dogs out of his way until he's settled in a chair.

Lynn says always keep walkways clear and think about getting in and out of the house.
 

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