For seniors who like to stay independent in their own homes will often require a few improvements and adjustments to their houses in order to make them safe environments, which allow them to function better in a more comfortable way. While some of these adjustments are small changes that do not cost anything, some home improvements might require a monetary investment.
If you are a senior who is living in your own home, it is very important to make sure that you and your significant other are fully aware of all the potential dangers that are present in the house and prepare accordingly. Using the home safety tips for seniors mentioned below will help you stay safe.
Tips for general home safety
•Think about a installing a medical alert system
•Be cautious when smoking.
•Do not smoke in bed or when you are alone.
•Have a smoke detector and fire extinguisher on each floor.
•When getting up after lying down or sitting, do it slowly.
•Always wear low heeled shoes that fit properly.
•Remove all the scatter rugs.
•Never use slippery wax on the floors.
•Keep the telephone and electrical cords away from the traffic areas.
•Use a properly measured walking aid.
•Wipe up the spills quickly.
•Install strong rails for the stairs or, if required, purchase a quality stairlift.
•Avoid standing on chairs or ladders.
•Make sure that the staircase steps have non-slip surfaces.
Tips for kitchen safety
•Illuminate the work areas.
•Keep the floors neat and clean.
•Store all the sharp knives inside a cupboard.
•Mark the “off” and “on” positions on the appliances using bright colours.
•Only use kettles with automatic shut offs.
•Never store hazardous substances together with food.
•Store the heavy objects at or just below waist level.
•Check expiry dates of food.
•Never wear loose, long clothing when cooking.
Tips for bathroom safety
•Install a dim light in the bathroom that can be left on at night.
•Use the recommended bath aids, and have them firmly fixed on both sides of the toilets and on bath stall’s walls.
•Keep the water heater below 50 degrees Celsius in order to avoid scalds.
•Remember to Skid-proof the tub.
•Use a bath mat with a non-slippery bottom.
•Clearly mark the hot and cold faucets.
•If possible, avoid bathing alone.
Tips for drug safety
•clearly label the medicines.
•Often review all the medicines with the doctor and the pharmacist whenever you buy a new medication.
•Have a good light when reading medicine labels to make sure that you are getting the correct ones and only take the prescribed dose
•Throw away all the old or expired medicines.
•Avoid borrowing prescription drugs from anyone other than the pharmacist.
•Have medication dispensed in a bubble pack or convenient dispenser.
•Remember to check with the doctor and/or pharmacist prior to mixing the drugs with alcohol or when mixing prescription drugs with non-prescription drugs.
Teresa Kent is a writer about many genres. This article is about home safety tips for seniors and her next article would be about Private Live In Care.