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Tips for Reducing Poisoning Risk

Senior Care in Coral Gables FL

Each year poison control centers across the United States receive calls for more than 2 million human poison exposures. This means that over 2 million people each year consume some type of Senior-Care-in-Coral-Gables-FLpoisonous material or consume a toxic amount of a material that would not otherwise be considered poisonous, such as a medication. Of those, 38 percent of them were among adults, with more than 60 percent of them considered unintentional. Nearly 30 percent of those poisonings were either therapeutic error, meaning medication taken improperly, or misuse, while another 5 percent involved environmental poisons.

When it comes to your senior care journey with your elderly parent, it is important to remember that poison can be any substance that becomes harmful to the body if consumes, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin in certain amounts. This means that even substances that your parent might normally consume without worry could become poisonous and seriously dangerous. Implementing techniques for reducing poisoning risk throughout your senior care efforts can guard your loved one from serious health complications.

 

Use these tips to help reduce poisoning risk in your senior care efforts:

  • Avoid confusing products. Especially if your elderly parent has cognitive limitations and challenges, many household products can be confusing and put your parent at greater risk of poisoning. Avoid products that resemble foods or beverages. Common examples of these are cleaners that resemble juice or other drinks, potpourri that resembles candy, or medications or vitamins that resemble snacks.
  • Be familiar with medications. Make sure that your parent is familiar with all of the guidelines involving his medications. That includes the reason that he is taking them, the proper dosage, possible side effects, and what to do if he misses a dose. This is especially important because your parent might be compelled to take an extra dose when he realizes that he missed a dose and that might be dangerous.
  • Keep original containers. Do not store medications of any kind out of their original containers. This can cause confusion and may cause your parent to take the wrong medication or mix medications that he is not supposed to take together. It is also important to keep original containers of products such as cleaners as these contain important information about what to do if your parent consumes them.
  • Choose decorations carefully. Make sure that you select decorations for your parent’s home carefully. Decorations such as artificial fruit can be confusing and lead your parent to attempt to eat a piece, potentially exposing him to poisonous paints, coatings, and other materials.
  • Keep dangerous materials out of reach. Household products such as antifreeze are common poisons. Make sure that these substances are kept out of reach of your parent. This could include keep them in the garage with the door locked, or in a closet or cabinet that you keep locked. Look for products with tops that are designed to make them difficult to open so that they are secure if you or a senior health care services provider is not available for supervision.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Coral Gables, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Sources:

http://www.poison.org/poison-statistics-national

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/poisoning/

 

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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