The number of older adults who live in an independent living community or within retirement communities continues to increase every year. It is important to make sure that if you, or your loved one, are living in your own home you are safe. Here are the top five safety rules for seniors to adhere to within their homes.
Tip #1: Keep Emergency Numbers Close
It is a good idea to keep emergency numbers by every phone in the home. The numbers need to be large enough to read it if they are in a hurry. They should include 911, any important contacts, your loved one’s primary doctor, and a family member or friend that is close by and could help in an emergency situation.
Tip #2: Increase Safety in the Home
There are several things you can do to make the home as safe as possible for your loved one who lives there. You will want to make sure the hallways, paths, and stairs are clean and clear of any items, such as books, shoes, or loose rugs. You might want to install rails in certain areas to help with balance. Any preventative measures that can be taken are a good ideas.
Tip #3: Inspect the Bathroom
The bathroom can sometimes have a variety of hazards. There are plenty of steps you can take to make such necessities safer. Set the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees or lower. Put safety grab bars in the shower and by the toilet to help prevent falls. Get items like rubber mats and shower stools to prevent slips in the tub.
Tip #4: Protect Against Fires
Fires can start quickly and spread rapidly. Inspect the home for fire hazards on a regular basis. Ensure that heaters are at least 3 feet away from things that can burn like bedding, curtains, and other flammable materials. Change the smoke detector batteries twice a year and watch electrical cords for fraying.
Tip #5: Safeguard Against Accidents with Medications
Make sure all medications are in their original containers with their original labels so that they don't get mixed up. Keep cleaning products in one location, far away from foods and drinks so they aren't confused with any other items. Keep medications in a well-lit area so they are also easy to locate and read.