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4 Tips To Keep Seniors Safe At Home

Blog | 10 October 2016

Statistics show that senior citizens are prone to accidents at home. Many of them want to maintain their freedom and independence, so they opt to remain at home. However this brings increased risk of suffering an accident. The places that enable regular people to carry out their daily routines present many risks to seniors. Whether you are a professional caregiver or you share a home with a senior, these tips will help you to create a safer environment for them.

Keep Seniors Safe

  1. Install Gutter Guards

    Gutter guards save you the time and energy needed to clean up once the elements have run their course (such as snow, rain and organic debris). This is especially important for seniors who will have to risk climbing ladders should they need to clean the roof or gutter of debris. Gutter guards reduce the need to take unnecessary risks.

  2. Keep the Bathroom Safe

    Bathrooms are a potential danger area for seniors. Seniors can slip, suffer from cold shock or heat burns or have trouble standing in the shower for long periods. It’s a good idea to place non-skid mats near the toilet and sink. A shower chair should also be placed to eliminate the need to stand for long periods. Faucets should be clearly labelled “hot” or “cold”; avoid those faucets where hot and cold water is controlled by a single handle. Finally, leave a nightlight on in the bathroom.

  3. Keep the Kitchen Safe

    The kitchen is another danger area. Hazardous materials (such as insecticide) should be kept away from food. Cover all food when you are spraying and make sure that the room is empty for at least 10 minutes. Mark “on and “off” positions clearly on appliances if it isn’t done so already. If you need extension cords, have wire guards installed so that the cord doesn’t hang in a dangerous place. While cooking, roll up loose sleeves or wear short sleeves.

  4. Keep the Stairs Safe

    Finally, there are the stairs, which can present the most risk. Light switches should be at the bottom and top of the stairs. Replace worn carpeting and keep it clear of objects. Mark steps outside the home with paint that can be visible even at night.

Security should never be taken for granted -- especially when seniors are involved. By taking basic precautions in the kitchen and bathroom and on the stairs, you can ensure that you or your charge can stay safe in their home. If you would like more information or advice then feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

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