As people age, their physical abilities may start to diminish, which can make it difficult to live independently. By taking some additional safety precautions and putting in assistive equipment, caregivers and aging adults can prevent injuries and ensure greater home safety. The following tips can start family caregivers on their journey to making their aging loved ones’ homes much safer.
Getting rid of clutter can increase your loved one’s safety and mobility. Remove extra furniture as well as books, papers, and collectibles that could fall off shelves and tables and create a tripping risk. You can also reduce your loved one’s chances of falling by attaching power cords to the walls or placing them behind furniture.
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Install Devices for Unique Needs
If your loved one has difficulty hearing, install a doorbell featuring a loud ring or flashing light. Another system you may want to consider is a wellness alarm that offers 24-hour response for fires, intrusions, and a variety of medical emergencies. With a wellness alarm, you can monitor your loved one’s activities as well. Decide on the type of systems that would be the most beneficial for your loved one by assessing his or her unique needs and talking to the doctor to evaluate your loved one’s present and future needs.
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Add Smoke Detectors
Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms as well as fire extinguishers on each level of your loved one’s home. You should also put a smoke alarm in each bedroom, hallways outside sleeping spaces, and the kitchen. Check all the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the house regularly to make sure they’re working properly.
Safety-Proof the Bathroom
Most accidents and falls in the home occur in the bathroom. To prevent your loved one from falling, install handrails or grab bars on each side of the toilet and in the shower or bathtub. Putting in a shower chair, installing a handheld shower head, and placing slip-proof mats on the floors can increase bathroom safety. If your loved one finds it difficult to step into the tub, install a walk-in bathtub.
Keep the Home Well Lit
Dim lighting is a hazard that could lead to falling. To prevent slips and falls in the home, put night-lights in bedrooms, stairways, bathrooms, hallways, and the kitchen. Consider putting battery-operated motion sensor lights in pantries and closets. You can also watch your loved one navigate throughout the house to detect if there are other areas that need more light.
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