Tips for Safeguarding Homes for Seniors

Tips for Safeguarding Homes for Seniors

Nearly 90 percent of people who are 65 years or older prefer to stay in their family home. However, aging in place requires safeguarding family homes for seniors to prevent any unnecessary accidents, fatigue or stress. As our loved ones grow older, their risk of serious injury from an accident increase. You can take proactive measures to safeguard the family home so they’ll remain safe as they age.

Create a Safe Bathroom

The bathroom environment is a perfect storm for accidents. It’s hard to see when the shower steams up the room, water can spill all over the floor and slick tile makes it easy to slip and fall.
Evaluate the safety risks currently in your bathroom. Add grab bars to make it easy to navigate the shower and the bathtub. Consider bringing in a shower seat so you can lower the risks of falls.
Look for ways to decrease the slippery surfaces in the bathroom. Decorative bath mats with heavy-duty grip bottoms stay in place and provide the necessary traction. Add a non-slip surface to any shower as well. Consider adding slippers with grip bottoms near the bathtub or shower.

Add Safety Measures to the Stairs

In a perfect world, your family home is a single story. However, if you have multiple levels in your house, you need a way to get up and down the stairs safely.
Depending on mobility, a stair lift may be the best option. This piece of equipment allows your loved one to remain seated while it travels up the stairs. Another way of creating a safer stairway is by adding tread to each stair and making sure that the handrails are in good condition.
Keep any home decor, storage baskets, debris or other items off of the stairs. You don’t want to encounter a trip hazard on the way up and down the stairs, especially at night when it’s hard to see.

Remove Obstructions and Hazards on the Floor

Go around the house and identify anything that could be a hazard on the floor. Loose cables, rugs without non-slip backing, kid’s toys, shoes, clothing, papers and other items could end up in your walking path.
While you’re looking for things on the floor, also keep a close eye on furniture and decor that could potentially cause a problem. For example, the sharp corner of a marble table could catch on a hip and cause a fall. Rearrange the furniture, so it’s less likely to cause an accident or result in a more severe injury.
You may need to replace some pieces of furniture, such as a sofa that’s starting to fall apart or a decorative table that gets in the way in a hallway.

Add Lighting

Don’t risk an accident due to vision problems. Whether your loved one wears glasses or they’re just starting to have issues seeing things around the house, you can improve the situation with proper lighting.
Add plenty of nightlights to the hallways, bathrooms and other rooms that they may visit at night. Consider motion-detecting lights or another automated system, so lamps and fixtures switch on as your loved ones move around the house.
Make sure that the bulbs are bright enough to illuminate all areas of the room. You may want to move away from warmer lights and choose daylight bulbs, as they make it easier to see into the nooks and crannies of the room.

Add Assistive Tools to the Kitchen

Cooking is a way for many parents to connect with their family and friends, especially if they don’t get to see you as often as they’d like. Managing their traditional kitchen tools may be difficult due to arthritis and other conditions.
Assistive tools make kitchen tasks easier and safer. These products range from ergonomic utensils to automatic produce choppers. Work with your loved one to learn about the areas where they run into the most problems in the kitchen, and research solutions.
Add a non-slip anti-fatigue mat into the main preparation areas. The kitchen is another room where water and other slippery substances may get on the floor. You can minimize the fall risk with these mats.

Consider a Security System

You have your own life to live, so you’re not always going to be there for your loved one. A security system helps with your peace of mind, as you’ll know that they can easily get help from the police, fire department or emergency services as needed. Hopefully, they won’t need the assistance, but it’s a great resource to have on hand in an emergency.
Safeguarding homes for seniors requires some work and research into figuring out the best options for your parents. Once you put these measures in place, you can rest easy knowing that you have greatly decreased their risk of a fall and the related injuries that could occur from that situation.

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