For many seniors, the gold standard for how they want to live is to stay at home for as long as possible. While it’s not always feasible for older adults to remain safe at home, it is possible for others. Although, it may involve some home adjustments for them to be safer longer.
Top Safety Concerns to Consider
There are several safety concerns seniors must address if they want to remain in their homes as they age.
Seniors Falling Down
One of the main safety issues for seniors is a risk of falls. Falls are the major cause of lethal and non-fatal injury among adults 65 years of age and older. For various reasons, falls can occur, and safety risks are often concealed in fundamental household products such as furniture, rugs, or animals.
Besides physical artifacts that cause a danger of tripping and falling, many medicines that seniors take have side effects and can make them dizzy in the morning when they first get out of bed.
Eating the Right Foods
Food and nutrition are two of the most significant and fundamental safety issues. It may be challenging for some elderly to cook properly for themselves, depending on physical and cognitive problems. Operating devices in the kitchen are often a barrier to a healthy diet for elderly.
As seniors lose dexterity and mobility or cognitive function, it can become more difficult to perform simple tasks such as switching on the stove, opening jars and boxes or running a microwave.
Unable to Communicate Effectively
Tasks related to keeping up the home can also become difficult as age progresses. If they experience cognitive issues, like paying bills on time, maintaining appointments and managing medicines it can be a sign. If a senior misses a dose of medication or mixes prescriptions, this can lead to a confusion of emotions.
It takes a few simple changes to make the home a safer environment for your senior loved one.
1. Create a support system
One of the most important things that seniors staying at home can do is make sure that they have regular communication with family, friends or someone who can help them with the usual work of maintaining their health and their home. It’s important for seniors to have a strong social network of friends, family or neighbors, daily contact with someone creates a support system in times of need. Look for local agencies or senior centers that offer a variety of services such as transportation, repairs and errands.
2. Get help with the house
Hiring home maintenance personnel can help keep up the property and handle the bigger, more physical tasks of lawn care, cleaning and other routine maintenance tasks.
3. Make the bathroom safer
The bathroom is often a place where falls and other accidents happen, but installing grab bars near the toilet, bathtub or shower can help ease balance issues when sitting or standing. Shower benches, walk-in showers and non-skid mats also make the bathroom a much safer place.
4. Remove trip and fall hazards
Throw rugs, clutter on the floor and in walkways and items on the stairs can all be dangerous trip hazards. If you want to keep the rugs, make sure the edges are well secured and move any loose electrical cords out of any paths of travel.
5. Brighten up your home
It’s important to have good lighting throughout the home and a nightlight near the bedside and in the bathroom to avoid trip hazards. The better lit your space is, the easier it will be to move around and keep thing tidy.
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We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.