Home Safety and Seniors

By The Care Centers.
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As people grow older, they can be in danger in their own home. That’s because even the smallest things could pose a threat. A throw rug in the hallway could be a trip hazard. A dimly lit corner could result in bumping into things. A slippery tub could mean a dangerous fall. If you are the caregiver for an elderly loved one, and they aren’t in the condition where they need a nursing home, then there are things you need to do to make their own home safe. Here is a checklist you can use to go through your loved one’s home so that they can be much safer. 

The Checklist

  • Go through each room in the house and then make sure their home is as safe as possible. If you have hired in-home care, then you may also wish to ask their advice on what to change.
  • Remove all throw rugs from the home and repair flooring that is torn or uneven.
  • Remove clutter like stacks of magazines, piles of clothing, etc.
  • Ensure that phone access is readily available by the bed and throughout the home.
  • Make sure the bed is at the right level for ease of access.
  • Go through the house and make sure there are no dim spots.
  • Remove any tangled electrical cords from places your loved one may walk.
  • Install grab bars at the tub and toilet.
  • Put bath mats in place that have non-slip bottoms.
  • Lower the temperature on the hot water heater.
  • Ensure all medications are stored within your loved one’s reach.
  • Make sure all furniture has plenty of space around it.
  • Ensure all windows have window coverings or glare-resistant coating.
  • Does the senior need a lift chair? If so, is one in place?
  • Install additional lighting available at night.
  • Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and in working order.
  • Install a slip-resistant rug in the kitchen in front of the sink.
  • Place emergency contact information within easy view and reach.
  • Ensure all sharp utensils are properly secured.
  • Install proper and sturdy handrails at any stairways.
  • Place slip resistant strips on steps.
  • Choose smaller laundry detergent bottles so that they aren’t so heavy.
  • Secure all power tools as well as dangerous chemicals used in the lawn.
  • Make sure the garage door has a safety system in place.
  • Replace any outdoor steps that are cracked or warped.
  • Install security lighting outdoors that comes on at night.
  • Install a louder doorbell if needed.

If you do these things, you can make your home much safer for your loved one. If you want to go further with the changes, then read this article, which includes a checklist for home remodeling. (A Checklist for Home Remodeling). Additionally, if you need work done, then you may wish to hire someone with experience in making changes to a home for seniors. Read this article on how to choose the best senior home remodeler (How to Choose a Senior Home Remodeler). That way, you can feel more certain that you have chosen someone you can depend on.

Tags: Independent Living Home care