10 Tips to Improve Home Safety for Seniors

10 Tips to Improve Home Safety for Seniors

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As we age, physical changes can develop that make it difficult to maintain an independent lifestyle. Our senses may become duller, bones become more brittle and physical abilities may become reduced. By taking a few extra safety precautions and installing aid equipment, seniors and caregivers can help prevent such injuries and ensure a safe, accident-free home. Here are 10 Tips to Improve Home Safety for Seniors to help get you started.

10 Tips to Improve Home Safety for Seniors

  1. Keep stairs safe - Check that all stair railings in and outside the home are sturdy. Also, make sure all staircases are well-lit with a light switch at both the bottom and the top. If stairs are becoming increasingly difficult to maneuver, a stair lift should be installed.
  2. Remove loose rugs and clutter - Remove any loose rugs or carpet runners, as they can become a slipping hazard.
  3. Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms - Install smoke detectors and place a fire extinguisher on every floor of the home. Smoke detectors should also be in every bedroom and the hall outside of sleeping areas. It is also important to have a working carbon monoxide detector that alerts with an alarm. Check both types of alarms regularly.
  4. Remove cords to prevent tripping - Install cordless phones and remove electrical cords from traffic areas.
  5. Make emergency phone numbers accessible - Create a list of emergency phone numbers and family contacts to post next to each telephone.
  6.  Prevent scalding by decreasing water heater temperatures - To prevent accidental burns, set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. 
  7. Make the bedroom safe - Keep a lamp, flashlight and phone within reach of each bed in the home.
  8. Install bathroom aids to prevent slips - Securely install grab bars to shower walls, bathtubs and both sides of the toilet. Placing shower benches and nonslip mats in the bathroom can also assist with bathroom safety.
  9. Keep the home well-lit - Install new light bulbs throughout the house and add extra lighting, such as night lights, light switches or remote light switches (such as ones that turn on and off by clapping the hands) to decrease the time spent moving around in the dark.
  10. Consider investing in a medical alert system - Having a medical alert system makes emergency services available at the push of a button, which can be critical after a fall, trip or slip.

Not sure which equipment you or a loved one need or how to install and maintain it? Let the trained UnityPoint at Home staff help. Our caring team is available 24 hours a day, making them the perfect choice for your at-home medical services. From creating a personalized care plan to installation and repairs, our staff is dedicated to helping you maintain a safe home.