Start 2015 off Right with These Helpful Tips!

The New Year brings resolutions and a fresh start. If you are a caregiver or senior start the New Year off right with with these five tips offered by UMH!

1. Check Your Prescribed Drugs

In most homes it’s a common practice to mix old prescribed drugs with the new one without knowing its dangerous health hazards. Drugs comprised of organic ingredients, old liquid antibiotics and those requiring refrigeration should be safely discarded. And don’t forget to store medications in a dark, cool and dry place such as an airtight plastic container on a shelf in a closet or kitchen cabinet.

2. Have an Emergency Plan

Keep important numbers on speed dial which may be helpful during emergency cases such as burglary, fall or other unexpected accidents? Have your phone programmed with emergency contact info.

Give yourself a reminder lesson on your community’s emergency response system, if you reside in an assisted living community.

3. Clean out the Clutter

Clutter may cause serious trips and falls. So it’s better to remove unnecessary and obstructive objects along with furniture from your walking path to reduce the risk. Also, maintain a clean walkway in every room of the house or apartment. In the kitchen, start by removing rarely used appliances from the countertops, organize cabinets, and clean refrigerator and pantry of expired food.

4. Avoid Moving Heavy Furniture Alone

Seniors with compromised mobility and strength should avoid doing certain household chores as it may cause serious health issues. Without assistance don’t ever try to move heavy furniture. To clean hard to reach areas, don’t stand on chair, table or ladder. Always use cordless cleaning tools and lightweight equipment to avoid injury.

5. Check Your Smoke Alarm System, Fire Extinguisher and Emergency Kit

Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms periodically to ensure batteries are in good condition.

Every home should have at least two handheld fire extinguishers, and one should be placed in kitchen. Winter and Spring. Make sure they include: a flashlight, extra batteries, thermometer, scissors, tape, bandages, allergy and digestive medications, antibiotic ointment, wound dressings, a current medication list and emergency contact list complete with names and phone numbers of family or friends.

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At all UMH assisted living communities there are frequent safety checks to ensure residents’ homes are both safe and clean. If you are interested in learning more assisted living at UMH, visit


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