Home Safety Tips For Seniors
Posted on February 06, 2017
in Fall Prevention
It’s Sunday morning and you're ready to start
your day. You head to the bathroom, still half asleep and warm up the shower.
You step inside and disaster strikes—you slip, fall, and hit the floor. Hard. Luckily
you were wearing your Alert1 fall detection pendant and received help fast. But
what could you have done to prevent this fall in the first place?
The fall in the shower was your wakeup call. Danger
lurks in plain sight. Avoid dangerous situations with these simple additions
and renovations to your home.
The Aging in Place Bathroom
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in a
home for slips and falls. To create a safe and accessible
- Put a non-slip mat in and outside the shower. Place a non-slip mat inside the shower so you don’t slip when
bathing, and one outside for when you step out. Make sure the mat in the shower
has a suction grip backing, and the mat outside the shower has a rubber backing.
These types of mats will stay securely in place.
- Install a toilet seat with handles. These handles will give you something to hold onto as you get on
and off the toilet. Some toilets are too short, making them difficult to use. A
seat with handles allows you to use the toilet with ease. They are inexpensive,
easy to install, and provide comfort and stability when using the toilet.
- Add grab bars. Install grab bars in your bathroom
for balance and extra security. Place the bars inside the shower so you can hold
onto something while you bathe. Mount more grab bars on the walls throughout
the entire bathroom so you can grasp them for any situation.
- Make the shower more accessible. Renovate with a walk-in shower. Doing so will allow you to have an
easy and safe shower every day. For extra safety, add a shower bench and
handheld showerhead to bathe from a seated position.
Sleep Safe and Sound
Your bedroom is where you wind down and relax,
so it should be as comfortable and safe as possible. These are a few things to
pay attention to in your bedroom to make it senior-friendly:
- Install proper lighting. Ample lighting lowers the chances
of an accident when getting in and out of bed because hazards will be visible. Clap-on,
clap-off lights and nightlights are other effective additions to improve safety
in your room. With these, you will have your path illuminated before you leave
- Make sure you have the right mattress. Buy a mattress that provides comfort and support for your body
while you sleep. Ensure the mattress
is good for your back and posture. Find the right balance; you don’t want
something too soft or too firm.
- Adjust the bed height. A proper bed height will make it
easier for you to get up out of bed. Adjust your bed to a height of 20-23
inches by putting bed risers under each foot of the bed frame. They are an
inexpensive and easy way to make your bed safer and more comfortable.
- Mount safety railings to your bed. Bed safety railings provide support when you have difficulty
getting in and out of bed, or adjusting your position once in bed. Railings are
easy to install, and can be shortened or lengthened as needed.
Fall-Proof Your Home
You should be able to move easily around your
home. Here’s what you can to do to make safe pathways through your home and prevent falls:
- Remove clutter around your home.
Remove tripping hazards like clothes, cords, or boxes that pile up and
obstructs pathways. Move furniture
to leave walking room for yourself. Make sure to leave sufficient space for
walkers or wheelchairs.
- Make stairs and steps safe. Steps
and stairs get harder to climb as you age. If you have slippery stairs, paint
the steps with a product that contains grit. Doing so creates non-slippery
steps so you go up and down without any issues.
- Remove all rugs. Old rugs fray and shift easily,
becoming hazards for falls. Remove rugs to decrease the chance of a fall. This creates
clear and safe pathways around your home.
- Buy an Alert1 home medical alert system. Keep your help button on you at all times to walk around your home with extra safety. If
you fall when getting up to use the bathroom at night, your medical alert will
be the helping hand you need. An Alert1 home medical system gives you
protection and peace of mind 24/7.
A Safer Home Creates Easy Living
A safe home will help prevent
falls and accidents that can lead to injuries, lengthy hospital stays, and a
loss of independence. After your fall in the shower, you are determined to
avoid another accident. By modifying your bathroom, bedroom and home pathways, you
will create a home safe for aging. Enjoy aging in place with no worries.
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