The Complete and Only Senior Safety Checklist You’ll Ever Need
Did you know that out of the entire US population, 15% are above the age of 65. And, at some point, 52% of those will need some kind of elderly care.
If you’re a senior caregiver, keeping your loved one safe should be one of your main priorities. Accidents in the home such as trips and falls could leave elderly people seriously injured. But how do you prevent slips and trips in the home?
In this article, we’ll discuss senior safety and some of the ways you can deliver senior care in the home.
Remove Trip Hazards
The home is littered with things that could cause your elderly relative to slip or fall. It’s important that you regularly check for potential hazards and remove these.
Commonly found trip hazards include electrical cords, rugs, low tables, and ottomans. Make sure to keep walkways clear at all times.
If you have young children or pets living in the same home, make sure toys get picked up and put away.
Since the lounge is often when an elderly person spends much of their time, you should prioritize living room safety.
While an elderly person may spend more time in the living room, there is still a high chance that an accident may occur in the bathroom.
Many in-home falls occur in the bathroom. With this in mind, you should consider having handrails fitted.
Handrails should be fitted alongside your toilet, next to your sink, and in your bath or shower.
You can buy handrails from most DIY stores and can be installed very easily.
Provide a stool in the shower. This will help your loved one be able to continue showering, even when they’re no longer able to stand up for prolonged periods of time.
Stairs can be very dangerous. A loss of balance or misjudging the height of a step could send your elderly loved one crashing down to the bottom of the stairs, seriously injuring them.
Having handrails on both sides of the stairs will be helpful while making sure that carpets are fixed in place is also important.
If possible, have a stairlift installed. If your loved one uses a walking frame, take the time to teach them how to use a walker on stairs.
Keep Outdoor Areas Clear
Safety shouldn’t just be a consideration in every room of your home, it should also be something that you think about for your outdoor spaces too.
Make sure there are no cracks or raised paving stones on patios or pathways in your garden, and make sure that your keep the path clear of trip hazards too.
Make Senior Safety Your Number One Priority
If you’re a caregiver, senior safety should be something that you take very seriously. You should always be on the lookout for hazards in and around the home.
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