Many seniors want to live at home, remaining independent as long as possible. There are simple modifications that can be made to not only make day-to-day living easier but to make the home safer for seniors.
10 Simple Ways to Increase Home Safety for Seniors:
Laundry detergent bottles are heavy. Consider splitting the detergent into smaller bottles to make it more manageable.
Hardwood stairs can be slick. Consider installing a low-pile carpet on the stairs to avoid slipping. Also, consider socks with grip on them.
Rugs can slide out of place or not lie flat on the ground. These can be trip hazards and need to be stapled or taped down.
Can your loved one get in and out of bed easily? Removing a box spring or adding one can help adjust the height to make it easier.
Outside motion lights
Adding motion lights around the home will help provide light when going outside in the early morning or evenings.
Keep the medications organized and in a safe place for your loved one. Click here for more information on medication safety.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, contact names and medications on the refrigerator and in other key places for easy access.
Light up hallways and main traffic areas with nightlights
Ensure the smoke detector batteries are changed regularly. Also, consider battery-operated candles instead of real candles. It is easy to forget that you may have lit a candle, but there are battery-operated candles with a timer on them that can be purchased and used throughout the home.
Add grip bars in the bathroom. Towel bars can loosen and are not as sturdy as grip bars. Add grip bars in the shower and by the toilet to help your loved one balance.
Helping a loved one stay independent and safe in their own home, for as long as they can, is well worth the effort. If you would like more tips and tricks to make the home safer for seniors check out our blog post on Bathroom Safety Tips for Seniors or give us a call for a free in-home assessment at 615-422-7549.