Home safety is important for our seniors because so many factors impact an older adults’ ability to live independently. We can help our loved ones by using National Safe At Home Week as an opportunity to ensure that our seniors’ homes are safe and help protect against increased vulnerabilities such as limited vision, poor hearing, poor balance or dementia.
Home related injuries can adversely affect a senior’s quality of life and threaten her ability to remain at home. The main causes of in-home injuries and fatalities are slips, trips and falls.
Use the following tips to keep your senior safe at home:
- Install grab bars in the tub or shower, if possible.
- Place nightlights and light switches at the top and bottom of all staircases and in all bathrooms, bedrooms and other dark places.
- Tape small rugs to the floor, or remove them completely.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Encourage seniors to wear non-slip shoes or closed-back slippers in the house.
- Keep hallways and stairs clear.
- Inspect all handrails to ensure they are secure, and repair loose or missing handrails.
- In winter, remove snow and ice from sidewalks, decks and driveways as soon as possible.
- Add exterior lighting and trim shrubs that could provide a hiding place for intruders.
- Check smoke alarm batteries and fire extinguisher expiration dates. Make sure everyone in the home knows how to use the fire extinguisher.
- Check for overloaded electrical circuits.
- Have a fire safety plan.
- Have a home emergency plan.
If a senior whom you love has a caregiver, make sure that they are sensitive to household safety and are made aware of fire and emergency plans. Let’s keep our seniors safe at home!
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