Worrying about our Senior Parents Home Safety
It is important to realize, when our senior parents are forced to stay alone and manage on their own. As a result, it can come with added risks that can sometimes become life threatening. For this reason, home safety is a growing problem and I am here to help fix it.
Some of the major factors that put our senior parents at risk for Home Safety
- accidental falls,
- victims of attacks by criminals
In other words, Certain lifestyle changes can be made to be safe. It is important to realize, with a growing number of senior parents wanting to live alone and not burden their children or live in the assisted living facility. In this case, family Caregivers can take steps to keep their senior parents home safety a priority.
Factors Necessary for Home Safety.
- Emergency numbers: Write in large letters and kept handy with each phone. This should include important contacts like the police department, fire department, poison control, doctor’s office and friends or relatives.
- Preventing falls: According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 3 older adults (aged 65 years and above) experience a fall in their own home rather than outside each year. With 6 out of every 10 falls taking place at home, it becomes important to fix the risky areas at home.
Practical Home Safety Suggestions that can Proof your Senior Parents Home
- Floor rugs: Properly secured with two-sided tape, so that your senior parents do not trip over and fall. Failure to do so can cause the rug to crumble towards the corners, which eventually become the danger zones for fall.
- Clear out entry ways: This is done to prevent your senior parents from tripping over them. Some of the common items that can block the area include books, shoes, clothes and newspapers, toys and other articles.
- Kitchen and bathroom: Anti-slip mats should be installed. Usually, the kitchen sink area and bathrooms are the most common spots for falling due to the wet floor. Placing anti-slip mats in these areas can appropriately safeguard your senior parent from accidental falls.
- Hallways and stairways: A night light should be installed. To assist your senior parent when they wake up during the night to use the bathroom.
- Safety supports: Installing grab bars in the bathroom or additional railing on the stairs to help with risk-free walking.
- Outdoors: Spread either salt or sand on icy surfaces. And make sure all outdoor lighting is working.
- Poisonous hazards: A stove, grill or oven emit carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas. Consider using room heaters during the winter season to warm up the room.
- Fire Prevention: If there is a fire at home, it is better to call the fire department and leave home as soon as possible. Your senior parent should not try to extinguish the fire by themselves. Moreover adopting safety measures while cooking can also prevent accidents. Avoid wearing loose fitting and long sleeve clothes while cooking.
Other Home Safety Tips to Consider:
- Your senior parents should avoid inserting too many cords into one socket.
- Fix or replace all cord on Electrical appliances.
- Install a smoke detector in every room.
- Keep all heaters at a safe distance, approximately 3 feet away from any inflammable items.
- Install a bathtub chair if your senior parent is experiencing a problem getting in or out of the bathtub.
- Raised toilet seats are also available for your senior parents who are unable to use the normal toilet seat.
It is always advisable to play it safe with your senior parents. Therefore, being a little careful can prevent accidents from happening. Considering all of these steps for home safety can go a long way in safeguarding the older adults from accidents in their own home. Here is some additional information on tips for seniors. For more information on these matters, please check out some of my other helpful posts.