Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:40

Safety Tips for Elderly Living at Home

One of the biggest risks for elderly people living at home is the risk for falling. A fall that results in an injury can be the end of independent living for an elderly person. Find out where the risks are and how you can avoid them.

 

Organized Home

Your floor has many tripping hazards. It is important that you keep your floors picked up and clean. If you have rugs placed around your home, consider removing them or using a non-skid tape to hold them in place. Cords also pose a danger for tripping. Make sure cords are placed out of the way. You can also buy rubber mats that can be placed on top of cords to keep them from tripping you. Install secure handrails in your bathroom and stairwell, as well as non-slip mats in your shower.

 

Stay Alert

As you get older, your senses and reflexes slowly decline. It is very important that you remain alert to the dangers around you. If applicable, make sure you wear your glasses at all times so that tripping hazards can easily be seen and avoided. If you have medication you need to take daily, be aware of how it affects you. If it makes you drowsy, consider setting aside the time after taking the medication for a nap or rest. Take your time when navigating your home or stairs, giving yourself time to see and evade any obstructions.

Home Security

Your home’s security should be a priority in keeping you safe. Make sure all of the windows in your home have secure locks to prevent someone from entering your home. Your front and back doors should both have deadbolts and strong door frames. Outdoor lighting with motion sensors can also be installed so that the lights come on whenever there is movement. This will deter thieves from trying to enter your home since it will expose them to anyone looking.