Home Safety for Seniors
Home Safety for Seniors.
We're living longer. Seniors want, more than anything, to remain living in the homes they love, in the neighborhood they know, and the community where they have established roots. Here are eight reasons seniors should live in their own homes.
Home safety for older adults
As seniors age, they need help to maintain their independence. It may not be much; maybe transportation to a doctor's appointment. Long before the elderly consider in-home care for help with day-to-day living, they need to consider how to make their homes safe without spending a lot of time and money.
Learn more about fall prevention here.
Easy enough. AARP recommends starting with these low-cost safety tips:
- Add textured, no-slip strips in the bathtub and shower
- Use non-slip wax on floors
- Consider placing a waterproof seat/chair in the shower
- Add a grab bar for the tub (there are many, low-cost, easy to use home safety products available for seniors)
- Have stairs? Put non-skid treads on steps
- Remove the wheels on any chairs you might have, such as desk chairs
- Replace standard doorknobs with lever handles
- Use rubber-backed bath mats
- If there is a change in floor surfaces from one room to another, apply a bright strip of tape on the floor where the change occurs
- Organize your electrical cords to prevent tripping over them
- Make sure you have enough light. Consider LED motion-activated night lights
- Remove throw rugs but if you insist on having them, use no-slip backing or tape
- Put a bell on the collar of your dog or cat so that you don't trip over them
Most homeowners have smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and security systems. If you don't have one of these, consider adding it to your safety.
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