16 Home Safety Tips for Independent Seniors
Posted on March 15, 2017
in Fall Prevention
Falls are scary. According to the National
Council on Aging, 25% of all seniors fall each year. The majority of these falls occur
inside the home. Don’t be part of the statistic—use these tips
with an Alert1 medical alert to make your home fall-proof.
Say No to Shower Slips
dangerous room in the house for falls is the bathroom. Excess humidity and
water make the floor slippery. Decrease your chance of a fall with these
- Install grab bars for leverage. Senior falls occur when there’s
nothing to reach for. Use grab bars for support while moving around the
bathroom. Your body will thank you for the stabilization.
- Place nonskid backing on mats. Keep your bathmat without the
hazard of slipping. Add nonskid backing to the bottoms of bathmats. This keeps
the mat in place when you step out of the shower.
- Bypass the bathtub ledge. It’s easy to catch your foot on a
bathtub ledge. Switch to a walk-in shower. The easy entry will decrease the
chance of a fall.
- Wear your Alert1 fall detection
be prepared. Alert1’s showerproof medical alerts will quickly get you the help
you need in an emergency.
time you’re leaving the shower, you won’t risk taking a tumble. These modifications
will boost your confidence when it’s time to shampoo your hair.
Curb Kitchen Catastrophes
kitchen is another dangerous room for falls. Renovate your kitchen to ensure
that you don’t hit the floor with the bacon grease. When creating a safer
kitchen, make sure you:
- Keep recipes at eye level. Don’t risk losing your balance
while reading the next recipe step. Clip your recipe to a pants hanger. Hang
from a cabinet hook for easy eye-level reading.
- Store pots and pans on the middle
ending up on the floor with your stockpot. Use the middle shelves for easy
storage access without risking your balance.
- Use a measuring cup to fill large
pots. Stop the
struggle to carry a pot full of water from sink to stove. Use a measuring cup
to fill up the pasta pot on the stovetop.
- Keep your
home fall detection pendant on hand. Don’t despair in an emergency. Your Alert1 home system with fall
detection will connect you to help right away.
kitchen is the space to nourish your body, not to hurt your body. You’ll move
with confidence knowing that you dismantled dangers for kitchen falls.
Ban Bedroom Threats
bedroom is your place to relax and unwind for a good night’s sleep. There is no
need to fear lurking dangers if your room is senior-safe. Sleep in peace with
these bedroom enhancements:
- Create a light switch-free zone. Instead of stumbling in the dark
for the switch, install clap-on, clap-off lights. You’ll always have a light
when you need to see.
- Add guardrails to your bed. Don’t risk rolling off the bed
in the middle of the night. Guardrails will keep you safe, while giving you
support for getting up in the morning.
- Invest in an adjustable height
bed. Control the
height of your bed to avoid losing your footing. The adjustable height makes it
easy for you to settle in for some shut-eye.
your PAX Plus.
Sleep safely with Alert1’s PAX Plus home + mobile device. The customizable
alert means you can slip the classic button around your wrist when it’s time
long day, don’t keep fearing falls. Wind down in a relaxing environment. Your
bedroom will now be set up to help you do that.
End Garage Falls
flooring and poor lighting place you at risk for a fall every time you step
into the garage. Keep your footing when doing laundry or working on the car. To
turn your garage into a fall-free zone:
- Add a light next to the garage
door. Don’t walk
in the dark to turn on the center garage light. Have a light next to the entry
door to help you see when starting a new load of laundry.
- Shelf your boxes and supplies. Avoid stumbling around boxes of
old car parts. Shelving units keep the garage floor clear of clutter and
- Install handrails next to the
garage stairs. Is
there a step down to get into the garage? Add a handrail to keep your footing.
- Carry the PAX mobile medical
alert with you.
Clip the PAX pendant to your belt loop. Your hands will stay free without
compromising on fall detection security.
organization will make it easy to walk around your garage. Plus, you won’t slip
on spilled motor oil the next time you start the dryer.
Renovate to Avoid Falls
home renovations, and an Alert1 medical alert, fear of falling will be a thing
of the past. You’ll never worry about losing your footing again. Stay safe in
the comfort of your own home without becoming a fall statistic.
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