Your home is your haven and you should always feel safe there. For individuals who spend a lot of time indoors, such as in the case of home care clients, safety throughout the home can be of particular concern. Preparing the dwelling for a wide variety of potential dangers will ensure that anyone, young and old, is secure. Following safe practices will keep you healthy, so consider this part of your New Year’s resolution to live better.
General Home Safety Tips
Everyone, no matter what age or physical condition, should follow home safety guidelines. You will feel confident knowing that you and anyone living with you or entering your home will be secure while there.
Falls are a risk for seniors that should not be taken lightly. Nearly 25% of people over the age of 65 will suffer from falls each year, and that number jumps to 50% for seniors 80 and over. Up to 20% of falls require medical attention and 10% lead to a major injury.
Complications for what seems like a minor tumble down the steps or tripping on a loose rug are the leading cause of death in seniors.
This time of year, with ice being a factor, the chance of slipping is even greater. Fortunately there are many things you can do indoors and outside your home to increase your safety.
Home Safety and Alzheimer’s
Living with a loved with Alzheimer’s disease means having to be particularly thorough in making sure your home is in order. Adapting the home environment to their needs and to ensure safety means taking into consideration that judgment, behavior, physical ability, and sense of time and place are all compromised. They may also be sensitive to temperatures, have problems with depth perceptions, or be experiencing vision changes.
Aside from the safety tips that have already been covered, you may also want (or need) to do the following:
There are countless other things that you can do to make your home safer this year. These are just a few that will get you started, and maybe spark some ideas of your own!
If you are concerned about a loved one’s safety or your own, and feel you are unable to perform tasks such as cooking, cleaning, personal care, or running errands without having a risk to your health, contact MAS Home Care today. They will conduct an in-home evaluation and provide a caregiver to meet your unique needs.