Home Safety Tips for Seniors
For most people, home is their haven. It’s a place to relax and restore the spirit. But a home can also be a place that presents many hazards. Therefore, it is very important to conduct a safety assessment of your home or a senior loved one’s home.
1. Fall Hazards
. Removing throw rugs from floor
· Clean up piled clutter
· Discard or donate old unused furniture
2. Ensure a Safe Bathroom
· Install grab bars in showers or beside toilet
· Use special bathroom chair in shower or tub
· Install a handheld shower head
· Install a night light in restroom
· Toilet seat should be between 17- 19 inches in height
3. Keep Important Numbers Handy
· Cell phones might become too advanced, use a basic model that makes it easier to find numbers
· Posting important contact numbers on the refrigerator or the back of your phone that include:
. Emergency contacts
. Family & friends
. Poison Control
4. Protect Against Fires
· Change batteries in smoke detectors regularly. Daylight savings time is March 13th, 2022. Use this date each year as a reminder to change the time and your smoke detector batteries
· Discourage use of space heaters
· Remove candles and wax melts lamps, if you must get one, have it at least 3 feet away from curtains, bedding or furniture.
Whether you’re a senior or family caregiver, assessing the home for safety will help reduce the risk of injury. Helping seniors remain independent and safe can start by following these easy suggestions.