An important part of senior care is making sure your loved one is in a safe environment. Ordinary household items and decor can become an unexpected hazard that needs to be updated for quality home care. Below are a few of the most important areas to address in your home.
What Can You Do to Make Your Home Safer for Seniors?
1. Prevent Slips & Trips
Most people's balance gets worse the older they get, and a fall is more likely to cause an injury due to brittle bones. Add non-slip flooring to any linoleum or tile areas in the home, especially areas that get wet like the bathroom, kitchen, and entryway. Do the same outside on decks and patios. Remove anything at or near the floor level that could be a tripping hazard.
2. Consider Item Accessibility
Climbing to reach high shelves or pulling heavy items down from overhead can be dangerous for seniors, whose grip and arm strength may not be as it once was. Bending and crouching also get more difficult with age due to back and hip pain. Move kitchen supplies and books to mid-height shelves that are easy to reach from a standing position for safer access.
3. Focus on the Bathroom
Using the toilet or bathing requires bending and increased movement, and the bathroom floor is usually smooth and can be slippery when wet. For these reasons, falls in the bathroom are common. To provide proper senior care, add support bars, and switch to a walk-in tub to minimize the amount of climbing and balancing your loved one needs to do to bathe.
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