Seniors fall each year, it's the #1 Risk of injury annually. As people grow older, home sweet home can turn into a health hazard. A pretty throw rug can become a trip and fall waiting to happen. Staircases can become a slip and slide (not the fun kind). Even climbing a stepladder to change the batteries in the smoke detector can be a danger.
June is National Home Safety Month and focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury in our homes. These tips will help to make your home sweet home, a home safe home. Here are some tips to make home sweet home, a home safe home.
- Install grab bars near toilets and showers to provide support.
- Consider a walk-in shower/tub to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
- Provide handrails on BOTH sides of stairs.
- Install a light at the top and bottom of staircases and throughout hallways.
- Paint or place bright tape on the edge of steps so seniors can see where one step ends and another begins.
- Keep stairs clutter-free.
- Place frequently used items in lower cabinets to eliminate the need to use a step ladder.
- Plastic kitchenware reduces the risk of broken glass.
- Eliminate throw rugs, as they are a tripping hazard.
- Remove extension or power cords from walkways.
- Wear non slip socks around the house to reduce the risk of slipping on smooth surfaces.
Call today to schedule your free care assessment and home safety inspection 877-432-2692.