Home Safety Tips for SeniorsFebruary 06, 2019
As we age, we become increasingly more prone to falls and fall-related injuries. How can we help prevent falls? For starters, we can help seniors organize their spaces with safety in mind. For this edition of the True Blue blog, our senior care staff has put together a list of home safety tips for seniors.
#1 Check Your Stairs
If there are stairs in the home, make sure the handrails are sturdy and that they can handle a lot of extra pressure without coming loose.
You may also want to consider investing in slip-resistant stair treads to help give extra grip to the stairs. Check for any loose floorboards on the steps, too, and be sure there aren’t any snags in the carpet that could cause a tripping hazard.
#2 Check Your Floors Rugs Runners and Carpets
Check your floors for any loose boards. If you have carpet, investigate the carpet for rips or tears. Loose boards, rips, or tears can all create tripping hazards, so fixing these should be a top priority.
Throw rugs mats and runners are aesthetically pleasing, but they can also be easy to trip over. To reduce the safety hazard, either remove them from the space or try securing them to the floor with double-sided tape.
#3 Clear the Way
Telephone cords, extension cords, and other types of electrical cords can all creating tripping hazards. Make sure to clear the way and remove extraneous items so that there are easy walkways all throughout the home.
#4 Add Lighting
Make sure every room within the home has adequate lighting. Put nightlights in the hallways and in the bathroom to help light the way when and if your senior loved one needs to get up in the middle of the night.
#5 Secure the Bathroom
Water creates a huge risk for slipping, making bathrooms a real focus area for senior-proofing a home. A few tips below for making your bathrooms safe for seniors:
- Non-slip mats.Invest in non-slip mats both in the bathtub or shower and just outside of the bathtub or showers.
- Grab bars. Install grab bars made with a slip-resistant grip. These can be placed in the shower or bathtub entrance and within the shower itself.
- A shower chair.If your senior loved one has trouble standing for prolonged periods of time, consider investing in a shower chair.
- Walk-in tubs or showers. Instead of having to step over the bathtub, consider a walk-in shower, which would enable your senior loved one to enter and exit the shower with ease.
#6 Emergency Response System
If your senior loved one does not live in an assisted living home, it's important to make sure you have a reliable emergency response system in place. This will allow concerned parties to be alerted in the case of a fall, accident, or some other kind of health emergency. Technology for these kinds of alert systems is rapidly improving. For help choosing which kind of system to purchase, take a look at this brand comparison.
#7 Smoke Detector Fire Safety
Make sure the smoke detectors in the home are working and are adequately charged. Additionally, ensure that the fire extinguisher is easy to use and that your loved one knows how to use it.
#8 Just Within Reach
In general, you don't want to keep commonly used items in disparate spaces across the home. Keep commonly used items in a centralized, convenient place that is easy to access.
We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! If your loved one is currently living at home, but is considering transitioning to a community living environment, we’d loved to talk. We offer senior apartments, assisted living services, along with a wide variety of other senior lifestyle options. Reach out to our True Blue team for questions, and follow us on Facebook to learn more about our compassionate community culture!
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