Home Safety Tips for Seniors
Seniors are especially prone to fall-related injuries. As family members and caregivers, we want to help seniors organize their space with safety in mind—especially if they’re living at home, and not living in an assisted living community. Our senior care staff here at Orchard Park has put together a list of home safety tips for seniors. Read on to learn how you can help your seniors stay safe and protected at home.
#1 Check Your Stairs
If there are stairs in the home, make sure there are sturdy handrails that your senior can use to help them keep their balance. Make sure the handrails aren’t old and rickety, 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 for your elderly loved one.
#2 Check Your Floors, Rugs, Runners, and Carpets
Uneven flooring or loose boards can greatly increase the risk of tripping or falling. If there are any rips or tears in the carpet, that can also create a tripping hazard, so be sure to fix that.
Throw rugs, mats, and runners are aesthetically pleasing and often practical, 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 for seniors if they need 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 where your loved one normally enters or exits the shower, giving them extra stability and balance.
- A shower chair. If your senior loved one has trouble standing for prolonged periods of time, consider investing in a shower chair, which will allow them to sit while bathing.
- 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 clear 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 elderly loved one is currently living at home, but is considering a move to a memory care or assisted living community, feel free to contact one of our caregivers. Located in Clovis, CA, Orchard Park Senior Living senior care staff would be more than happy to talk to you to see if our community would be a good fit for your elderly loved one.
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