By: Breque Bonner
If your senior loved one has decided to age in place it will be necessary to make sure their home environment is safe and free from hazards and fall risks. In this post we will identify key areas of the home that are prone to safety hazards and offer tips on how to make it more safe for your elderly loved one. For more information on aging in place call 800-335-2150 or visit www.bayshorehomecare.com
General Home Safety
- Always use your walking aid.
- Get up slowly after sitting or lying down to make sure you have your balance.
- Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
- Change fire detector batteries once a year (on your birthday).
- Remove rugs that can be tripped over and cause a fall.
- Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.
- Store heavier objects at waist level.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing when using the stove.
- Use a FIFO (first in first out) rotation for food. Check expiration dates to be sure sub-par food is not consumed that can cause illness.
- Store hazardous items separate from food.
- Make sure work areas are well lit, especially when using sharp knives.
- Ensure that the floor is uncluttered and that all walkways are clear.
- Use a nightlight if you wake frequently during the night.
- Ask for help if chores like laundry and changing the sheets on your bed become burdensome.
- Keep a phone next to your bed in case of emergency.
- Use battery operated flameless candles instead of traditional candles.
- Ensure the floor is kept clean and uncluttered.
- Make sure all electronic devices are connected correctly to avoid fire hazards.
- Use a nightlight.
- Install shower grab bars and use a shower chair.
- Clearly mark hot and cold faucets.
- Install slip proof coating to tub and use non-slip bath mats.
Now that you know what to look out for to make sure your senior loved ones’ home is safe it is time to pay them a visit and assess their home safety. After completing this assessment you may find that your mind is at ease because your loved one has already taken the necessary precautions. However, if you are still concerned about your elderly loved ones safety you may want to consider seeking additional outside assistance with activities of daily living in the form of private duty care. Private duty home care is designed to help seniors remain in their own homes (age in place) and as independent as possible. This support is available from as little as one hour up to around the clock care. For more information call 800-335-2150.