Making sure older individuals are secure at home is more crucial than ever as an increasing proportion of them age in their residence. The most frequent accidents involving elderly individuals include falls, burns, and poisonings.
Here are the precautions you should take whether you are an older adult living alone or you are responsible for an elderly person who is living alone.
Areas that may pose a risk to the elderly:
- Ensure proper lighting;
- Do not move the furniture often;
- Keep pathways clear from clutter;
- Watch out for pets when you walk, especially at night and keep dog beds, litter boxes and other pet items out of the way.
- Have clear pathway between rooms;
- Keep low-rise coffee tables, magazine racks, footrests, and plants out of the path of traffic;
- Secure loose area rugs with double-faced tape, or slip-resistant backing;
- Keep electric appliances and telephone cords out of walkways, but do not place cords under a rug.
- Place a lamp, telephone, or flashlight near the bed;
- Replace bedding sheets and comforters with products made of non-slippery material such as wool or cotton;
- Arrange clothes in the closet so that they are easy to reach;
- Keep clutter off the bedroom floor.
- Keep things frequently used on the lower shelves;
- Remove throw rugs;
- Clean up immediately any liquids, grease, or food spilled on the floor;
- Store food, dishes, and cooking equipment within easy reach.
- Place a slip-resistant rug adjacent to the bathtub for safe exit and entry;
- Install grab bars on the bathroom/shower walls;
- Keep a nightlight in the bathroom;
- Use either a raised seat on the toilet or a special toilet seat with armrests.
At All Heart Homecare Agency we are committed to keeping older citizens secure in their homes. It is critical to keep family members comfortable in the house, especially if they are becoming older.
Our agency, with 98% positive reviews on Google, offers a wide range of home care services, including:
- Personal care;
- Light housekeeping;
- Meal preparation;
- Running errands;
- Grocery shopping;
- Help with doing laundry;
- Medication reminders;
- Appointment assistance;
- Safety supervision.
If your loved one needs to benefit from one of these services, Call Us today at 888-388-8989. We are glad to help!