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Create Safe Home Environment for Senior

It’s a sad fact, but in-home accidents result in approximately 7,000 elderly deaths each year, with countless others being seriously injured.  It goes without saying that most seniors want to live out their lives in the comfort of their own home, but in order to do so, they need to do it safely. Seniors and their loved ones should consider making an in-home safety assessment and needed safety improvements to insure peace of mind and a safe living environment.

The first step is to make a room by room assessment, recognizing what hazards currently exist in the home. It’s very important to take all existing medical and mobility issues into consideration during your assessment.

Senior Safety Hazards to Look For:Assisted Living in Jacksonville -  Create Safe Home for Senior

The most common risks to independent senior living include: falling, burns, the need for immediate emergency services and drowning, so pay particular attention to ways of eliminating those possible conditions. Including:

  • Home Security: Can all doors and windows be easily locked? Is there an alarm system and can it be easily activated?
  • Smoke Alarms: Do they exist, and do they need new batteries?
  • Bathrooms: Is the tub, showers and floor surface slip proof? Are there grab bars for the tub and toilet?
  • Stairs: Are there adequate railings and are they properly secured?
  • Trip Hazards: Can small rugs and unnecessary furniture be removed?
  • Clutter: Can you eliminate any of the many trip hazards caused by excessive clutter?
  • Medications: Are medication stored in a safe, yet easily accessible area?
  • Communication: Are home phones and panic buttons in easily accessible locations?
  • Furniture: Are the any unsafe chairs or top heavy furnishings that should be eliminated?
  • Safety Equipment: Do you need to purchase canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.?

Senior Safety Improvements to Consider:

  • Install Grab Bars, ramps and hand railings
  • Establish a clear escape route in the event of fire, and practice it
  • Install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and learn how to use it
  • Place nightlights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways
  • Install a secure shower chair
  • Install an Electric Chair Lift in stairwells
  • Remove area rugs and install slip-proof mats in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Raise chair and toilet heights
  • Replace bathtubs and showers with walk-in models
  • Install a Medical Alert System with a personal alert pendant
  • Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or below
  • Keep flashlights handy in all rooms of the home
  • Program 911, police and fire emergency phone numbers in all phones and cell phones

Many of these safety improvements are inexpensive and can be done by family members or your trusted handyman. It’s also a good idea to have a professional In-Home Care Provider stop in to teach you how to better navigate and live more safely in your home.

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