Ten Tips To Make Your Home Safer For Seniors
The goal when working with or caring for seniors should be to facilitate their independence as long as possible, and to provide them with the quality of life that they deserve. A big factor in this quest is the safety of the home. Consider these ten tips to help make the home a safer place for any senior:
- Clear the way through the main areas of the home, by conducting a walk-through and removing any obstacles that could get in the way and cause the senior to fall. This includes scatter-rugs and bath-mats, which can cause a tripping hazard and potential danger for seniors.
- A few rails and grips along the main areas of the home can be a great help. This includes the bathroom, the kitchen, and any place where the senior may have to bend over, crouch, or stand.
- Improve lighting and replace bulbs to fully-illuminate the home. Be sure that stairways and obstacles are well-lit to improve safety in the space.
- Provide some magnification for seniors that take medications and need to read labels with small print. Tuck magnifying glasses in drawers, nightstands, and the medicine chest to avoid potential problems when taking medication or reading directions on products.
- Give slick surfaces some added texture. If the floor of the home is painted, give the floor a coating of paint with some sand added to give the floor some grip. If the driveway is slick and paved, add texture and tread with gravel.
- Add phone extensions to all of the rooms of the home, including the bathroom. This can be a real life-saver for any senior that slips or falls and needs help right away.
- Organize cabinets so that frequently used items are clearly within reach. Keep items that are not used regularly in the higher or more inconvenient storage spaces, and provide a reaching tool to the senior for easier access.
- If the senior experiences some hearing deficits, it could be worthwhile to add lights to doorbells, phones, or other notification devices to the home.
- Keep ease in mind regarding clothing. Apparel with snaps, buttons, or zippers along the back may be a challenge for seniors to put on and remove. Look for variations that implement larger fasteners on the front, so it will be easy for individuals to dress independently.
- Check stairs for safety. These features can cause significant hazards to seniors, due to poor lighting, loose carpet, or steep pitch of each step.
Simple modifications can make a big difference in the elderly home care as well as the independence of the senior living there. Try these ten tips to improve the safety level of a senior’s home, and avoid potential injuries.