Every year Seniors are involved in accidents/injuries that could have been prevented. Falls are the number one safety risk factor for aging adults. Approximately 70% of Falls occur in one’s own home. Seniors are most susceptible due to physical changes such as declining vision and hearing, change in sense of smell, changes in bone density, positional changes. Mental changes can also put Seniors at risk for Falls. As older adults age, mental status change can occur such as lack of impulse control or poor choices. A number of changes can impact risk of injuries occurring in one’s own home.
Home safety is a topic that affects all aging adults. Following correct home safety precautions can make all the difference and is responsible for keeping Senior’s independent in their home. Typical safety recommendations focus on reducing the number of accidents that occur in the home.
Here are 8 Home Safety Tips for every Senior to know:
- Remove all loose throw rugs or frayed carpet. If a carpet is frayed, have it repair, removed, or staple down.
- Rearrange furniture to allow for the most walking space.
- Use a step stool or Reacher to reach high cabinets. DO NOT stand on chairs.
- Place non-skid mats in bathtubs/showers. Installing grab bars for safety.
- Keep all drawers or closet doors closed to prevent tripping or bruising to extremities.
- Keep walkers or walking aids, such as a cane within reach. Keep a nightlight on near the bed to aide your vision to the bathroom.
- When using Oxygen in the home, DO NOT smoke or use an open flame.
- Be aware of the use of electrical plugs. DO NOT leave cords in open walkways or overload circuits.
Following these safety tips can prevent your risk of Falling or injuries in your own home. Home safety is a crucial component to staying independent.