After 20 years of caring for families at Pueblo Community Health Center, Dr. Rona Knudsen embraces her role as InnovAge PACE’s Center Medical Director, helping vulnerable older adults in the community. <br />
Checking in During the Holidays
December 17, 2021
- Ask what they might need help with around the house. Are they having a hard time shoveling snow or mowing their lawn?
- Check for loose rugs, extension cords, or cluttered furniture that can lead to tripping or falling. Make sure there’s adequate lighting, particularly around stairs.
- Check the refrigerator for old or expired food.
- The bathroom can be a dangerous place, especially for falls. Check if your loved one is fully mobile and ask whether they would benefit from grab bars or a shower chair.
- Medication management is important with older adults. Make sure that they’re taking medications as directed.
- Have they received their vaccinations (including COVID, flu, and pneumonia)? Older adults are particularly vulnerable to these viruses. Immunization is a quick and easy way to prevent them.
One of the benefits included in PACE are the in-home assessments each participant receives. InnovAge experts visit the home to make sure it’s safe and accessible, and each participant and their caregiver receive safety education.