Senior safety at home
Read about some important safety recommendations for the elderly. Be prepared in order to prevent accidents! Many changes are easy to make and inexpensive.
- Use canes or walkers, handrails and shower seats for fall prevention
- Utilize assist devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, scooters for safe mobility, make sure the carpeting and rugs are not worn or torn
- Keep the home well lit – especially areas like stairways, and outside walkways
- Move furniture and electrical cords out of walking pathways
- Store household items on lower shelves so that they can easily reach them
- Manage medications by taking advantage of pill boxes
- Subscribe to medical alert systems and programming emergency phone number into cell phones
- Recognize when it may be safer to stop driving
- Set the thermostat of the water heater lower to prevent accidental scalding
- Keep the smoke alarms working, changing the batteries once a year
- Keep a lamp or flashlight and telephone within reach of the bed.
- Install a burglar alarm system