Home is where our family is and, if we’re lucky enough, it is where we live our entire lives. But home can also posts some dangers as we get older. Making sure your home is a safe and healthy environment for you and other elderly family members can help avoid accidents and keep you or a family memeber at home.
Follow these general rules to ensure your and your loved ones are safe:
Have a medical alert device available at all times. We are in the digital age! Cell phones can be the most reliable source of communication if an emergency were to happen when a senior is alone.
Keep a fire extinguisher on all floors. This should be a rule of thumb in any household, but more importantly, if you are over the age of 65 and have problems walking up and down the stairs.
Never smoke alone. Actually, never smoke at all. If you are lucky enough to make it to your elderly years, keep your health your priority. But, if you must have a smoke now and then, make sure to not be alone. Cigarettes can cause deadly house fires.
Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. A sudden jump up can contribute to the risk of falling, breaking a bone or even high blood pressure.
Wear proper shoes. There was a time and place when wearing uncomfortable high heels or even flip flops was important, but your style is not worth a broken hip. Dress appropriately for your balance, age and weight.
Use a correctly measured walking aid. A walker supports the best when it is correctly measured to your height and weight.
Tack down rugs and hide wires and cords and avoid using cleaning products that leave a waxy coat. Removing the risk of tripping over something or slipping will help reduce the risk of injury.
Check to make sure railings and other support structures are sturdy. Also, make sure steps have a non-slip surface. An ideal house for a senior to safely live in is a single level with limited steps. However, moving to a specific house is not always possible. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure steps do not pose a threat.
Use non-glare 100 watt light bulbs. It seems the older we get, the worse our vision becomes. Using the brighter bulbs will help you or your elderly loved one see better, especially near stairs.
Make sure to clearly mark expiration dates. Dates can get smudged so make sure to clearly write the expiration date of food so it is visible to you or your elderly family member. Also, remember to mark leftovers with the date the food was prepared. Knowing a good rule of thumb for how long left-overs can last in the fridge is important. such as throwing away food after 3 days to ensure food is safe to eat.
Other tips to consider:
- Always leave a light on in the bathroom at night.
- Use a non-slip bath mat and shower mat.
- Make sure cold and hot water faucets are clearly marked.
- Don’t lock doors within the house, or make sure locks can be opened from the outside.
- Never bathe or take a shower when no one else is home.
- Store sharp knives in a safe place.
- Make sure appliances, such as irons, hair straighteners and kettles have automatic shut off switches.
- Store heavier items, such as stand mixers and toaster ovens, at waist level or on the counter where it can be used without moving.
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