Keeping Seniors Safe At Home
It’s extremely hard to find a senior who doesn’t want to remain at home. That’s why almost a third of seniors who do not live in a care facility live alone. Half of those seniors are women over the age of 75. There are many reason seniors wish to remain at home. Whether they want to be able to remain active in their community, or just simply feel more comfortable at home, it’s impossible to put a price tag on independence.
There a some very serious risks involved with seniors living alone. Seniors are more at risk for depression and isolation when living alone. Also isolation can lead to memory complications which could potentially challenge their independence. Risks like these can be deceased when implementing companion care from a quality Home Care company.
Keeping seniors safe is the biggest challenge for those who choose to live alone. There are many household hazards that could risk the ability of seniors to remain independent and safe. Years of clutter, lose floor boards, broken banisters, and inadequate lighting are examples of safety hazards seniors may have in their home. In order to keep seniors safe at home they must prepare their home for aging. This may include tasks like moving the washer and dryer hookups on the main floor so the senior isn’t gay-sauna-nice to go in their basement. An alarming 85% of seniors who live alone have done nothing to prepare their home for aging.
Ways to Keep Seniors Safe at Home
General Home Safety
- Consider utilizing a medical alert services or buddy system.
- Keep a fire extinguisher & working smoke detectors on each floor.
- If you are a smoker, smoke outside and never while laying in bed.
- Wear proper fitting non slip shoes with low heels.
- Use a professional fitted walking aid if needed.
- Remove all throw rugs.(major trip/fall hazard)
- Remove electrical cord and telephone wires from walking areas.
- Avoid using stepping stools or standing on chairs.
- Make sure rails for stairs both inside and outside the home are sturdy. Construct a ramp or purchase a stair lift if necessary.
- Make sure all walk ways and stairs are free of clutter. Stairs should be well-lit with light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Stairs should be fitted with a non slip surface.
- Use a night-light for middle of the night bathroom trips
- Use shower and toilet aids. Hand rails can be installed inside and outside of showers, and next to toilets.(This will greatly reduce the risk of bathroom falls.)
- Use non slip mats in the shower. Purchase a shower chair if necessary.
- Turn down your water heater to avoid scalding.
- Make sure cold and hot faucets are properly marked.
- Make sure door locks can be unlocked from both the inside and outside.
- If possible on shower when help is available.
- Keep floors cleaned and clutter free.
- Have ample lighting.
- Mark “On” and “Off” clearly with bright colors.
- Store sharp knifes in a rack vs. a utensil drawer.
- Store heavy objects at waist level.
- Use appliances with automatic off features.
- Keep food and cleaning materials separate.
- Avoid lose and long clothing when cooking.
- Make sure food is rotated regularly and check expiration dates often.
- Keep prescriptions in a safe and secured place.
- When starting a new medication, including vitamins and over the counter medications always consult with your doctor and pharmacist about potential hazards.
- Make sure all medications a clearly labeled.
- Read medication label in good lighting to ensure you are taking the correct medication and dosage.
- Keep an up to date medication list and be sure to take it to every physician encounter
- Be aware of any potential interactions related to your medication
- If taking more than 3 medications daily consider a weekly medication planner
Safety is a priority at ALN Senior Care & Home Services. We take pride in knowing we are providing the best, safest care in Miami County. Please share these important home safety tips with your loved one. If you have any questions or need assistance in making your loved ones as safe as possible, Contact Us Today. Home Safety Assessments provided by our RN Case Manager at your convenience.