When asked, a wide majority of seniors say they’d prefer to stay in their homes as they age. In fact, studies have shown both physical and mental health benefits resulting from elderly independence. Here is a list of things that can be done to keep your loved one safe at home.
- Purchase easy-to-put-on clothes and shoes; look for shoes with straps (e.g., velcro) instead of laces, pull-on pants and clothes with few buttons
- Intall bright no-skid strips on steps
- Remove tripping hazards (such as area rugs)
- Assess kitchen supplies and consider alternatives such as knives with safe guards or lighter cookware
- Add no-skid strips to the bathroom tub and consider installing a hand rail to make it easier to get in and out of the tub
- Make sure all handrails inside and outside of the house are securely fastened
- When replacing furniture, ensure that new items are the right height and firmness for individuals to get up with minimal help
Small steps that you take can really add up when making a house comfortable and safe (fall-free) for your loved one.