For caregivers of elderly family members living in their home, or children of senior parents living alone, safety can be a big concern. With the advancement of age comes the increased risk of accidents. Did you know injuries sustained from falling are among the leading causes of fatalities in people over 65? Luckily there are things you can do to limit the chances of a fall from happening by putting some safety precautions in place. The following is a list of 25 home safety tips to help provide a safe environment for anyone, including those who are elderly, disabled, or have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Around the House:
- Consider getting a medical alert system.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
- Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
- Keep floor clean and free of spills that could be slippery.
- Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
- Provide clear pathways and make sure there are no tripping hazards.
- Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
- Put frequently used items within easy reach to avoid having to use a step stool.
- Make sure that all furniture is sturdy.
- Keep all areas well lit. Keep an extra flashlight in all rooms and nightlights in hallways.
- All stairs should have non-slip surface and handrails on both sides.
- Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.
- Use skid-proofing in the bath tub along with properly installed grab bars.
- To avoid scalds, turn water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- Make sure both the hot and cold water are easily readable.
- Use door locks that can be opened from both sides.
- If possible, bathe only when help is available.
- Install hand-held shower heads should you need to sit while taking a bath.
- Mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances clearly and with bright colors.
- Store sharp knives in a rack.
- Store heavier objects at waist level.
- Store hazardous items separate from food.
- Label all containers that could be mistaken for something else.
- Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.
- Check expiration dates on food.
Another element of safety you can provide for your loved one is to bring in a home care provider. MAS Home Care, a leader in Maine home care, New Hampshire home care, Rhode Island home care, and Massachusetts home care can send highly qualified and compassionate professionals to your home. These caregivers can check for safety issues and provide a watchful eye. They can also help with tasks they may otherwise be difficult for that person to perform on their own. Caregivers can help with personal hygiene, household chores, meal preparation, transportation, and administering medicine.
If you are interested in obtaining safe home care services, please call MAS Home Care today for a consultation.