Although highly rewarding, serving as a family caregiver for an elderly loved one comes with many challenges, like stress, fatigue, and finding enough time in a day. Caring for an at-home senior can also be risky and dangerous, as thousands of family caregivers are injured every year while assisting loved ones. And if you get hurt, it could place your job and ability to manage your own household at risk. The good news is there are several reliable ways to protect yourself from caregiver injuries while caring for a senior in their home.

Why is Caregiving Dangerous?

You wouldn’t think that helping an aging parent get dressed, or take a shower, is dangerous. But many caregivers suffer injurious slips and falls while assisting loved ones due to wet floors, trip hazards, and poorly lit stairways. In fact, a senior’s home can sometimes be a very risky place, and when they also have cognitive impairment, like dementia, their behavior can be unpredictable at times. Here are the most common injuries that family caregivers experience each year:

  • Back sprains, strains, and other kinds of musculoskeletal problems
  • Injuries due to slipping, tripping, or falling
  • Cuts and bruises inflicted by care recipients with dementia and Alzheimer’s

Preventing Caregiver Injuries

Fortunately, there are several proven precautions you can take to avoid caregiver injuries while assisting your at-home loved one, including these:

“Fall-proof” Their Bathroom

Bathrooms are potentially dangerous places because of slick surfaces and tight spaces. Improve your safety odds by installing grab bars, a walk-in tub or shower, and a sliding shower bench. Als