Think Safety Before You Go Home

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August 15, 2017

Think Safety Before You Go Home

by Stephanie Messler

So, you’re about to complete your stay in Holy Redeemer’s Short Stay program and soon you’ll be back home and into your routine.  You’re ready to go home, but first, ask yourself, “Is my home ready for me?”  As the Safe Care Champion for Life Care at Holy Redeemer, I am a regular speaker for the “Wellness Wednesdays” educational series for Short Stay program patients.  Returning home is on everyone’s minds, and we want everyone to return home to a safe environment.

Take a moment and think about your home and your daily routine. Does furniture need to be arranged differently? Does your home have clear pathways so you can move about safely? Are there repairs that need to be done? Will your home need modifications before you return? Home safety checklists are a great way to make sure your home is safe and ready for your return.  provides a home check list and includes several questions about stairs, floor surfaces, kitchen access, bath safety, door locks and lighting. Review this home safety checklist and talk with a family member about any safety concerns you might have.

At Wellness Wednesdays, I also include an extensive discussion about internet safety and protecting personal information.  Recommendations include:

  • Be aware of telephone and internet scams, such as the Granny Scam, Foreign Lottery scam and the IRS phone call scam.
  • Do not provide your social security number, bank account numbers or passwords over the internet or phone.
  • Only use secure websites. Look for https:/
  • Do not carry your social security card or too many credit cards in your wallet.
  • Make a photo copy of all your credit cards, social security card, driver’s license and keep in a safe place.
  • Monitor bank statements
  • Shred sensitive information instead of tossing in the trash.

Welcome home and stay safe!

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