Thousands of seniors die in accidents while a lot more are suffering from injuries due to home-related accidents. While falls are one of the leading causes of injuries, the elderly face higher and other more dangerous risks. This is why a home safety assessment for seniors is essential, as it helps identify potential hazards. Doing this on your own is cost-effective, but for seniors with special needs or medical issues, a professional evaluation is the most efficient.
Below are some modifications that make a home safe for a senior:
Entryways and Stairs
• Use ramps instead of stairs in entryways.
• Have sturdy railings on both sides of staircases and add reflective strips to each rung to make them more visible. If needed, install a stair lift to ease navigation.
• Install wide doorways to improve maneuverability with wheelchairs and walkers.
• Keep appliances within reach and choose devices that switch off automatically to reduce fire risk.
• Frequently used items should be in reachable drawers as opposed to high cabinets.
• Counters should be accessible comfortably when seated and standing.
• Have a smoke detector and keep a fire extinguisher in easy-to-reach places to curb mishaps encountered while cooking.
• The toilet should be of an appropriate height for comfort and accessibility. While a low one is hard on the knees, one that is too high makes them prone to falling.
• Add grab bars on each side of the toilet and shower.
• Have a shower seat and a hand-held shower to make showering easier.
• Install suitable floors and place non-slip mats in the bathroom.
• Lower the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
General Safety Measures
• Furniture should be sturdy and seats at a level that makes standing and sitting effortless.
• Install adequate lighting to illuminate all areas and place lamps within easy reach. Use non-glare bulbs as well.
• Have a buddy or medical alert system if the person lives alone so they can easily access help when need be.
• Secure wires, clear up clutter and get rid of any items that make the elderly susceptible to tripping.
Assisted living facilities are expensive while staying at home is cheaper and cozier. Senior-proof your home and it will remain safe for your elderly loved ones.