Since there are more senior family members living on their own, it is important to ensure that your old folks are safe at home. There are burns, falls, and poisons that can cause accidents among the old generation. If you are a senior citizen living on your own, or you care for a senior person, there are a quite a number of tips that you can use to ensure safety comes first.
Check out the list of guides at the end for more details on home safety for seniors.
Have emergency numbers in the open
- Healthcare office
- Family or friends numbers for emergency reasons
- Poison control
How to prevent falls
- When you are walking around the house, use a cane or a walker instead of holding onto the walls or the furniture.
- When you are walking on polished floors, wear footwear that is non-slip like slippers that don’t have rubber bottoms, or you can also wear shoes with thin soles.
- Avoid rushing to answer the phone. It is easy to fall when trying to answer the phone.
- Use either a cordless phone, a cell phone or an answering machine to pick up the call.
- If you have fallen several times before, get a special alarm that you can wear on your wrist or your neck so that you can alert an emergency service if you fall somewhere away from the house.
- Check with your provider for exercise programs that can help you prevent falls.
How to protect yourself against fire
- Avoid putting out a fire that is in your home. Leave the house and call 911.
- Ensure that you have at least two ways of getting out of the apartment.
- Avoid wearing clothes that have long sleeves or loose clothes while you are cooking.
- Avoid placing several electric chords in one extension cable.
- If you have a smoke detector ensure that you replace the battery at least two times in a year.
- For room heaters, ensure that they are positioned at least three feet away from you, from the curtains, the furniture, and the bed. Once you leave the room, switch off the heaters.
- Never leave the candles burning in an empty room, always put them out.
How to make your home safety proof
- Use tape to stick the rugs or floor mats in place so that they don’t move when you step on them.
- Ensure that your stairs, hallways, and paths have good lighting and there are no objects on the way like shoes or books.
- Use banisters and rails when you walk upstairs.
How to prevent poisoning
- Always makes sure that your medications are in their original containers to avoid mixing medicines.
- Store and take your medications in a well-lit room so that the labels are clear.
- When you go for your appointment, take your bottled medications with you for the doctor to ensure that you are taking them the right way.
- When you go to purchase medicine from a pharmacist, ensure that the pharmacist prints out large labels for directions of using the medications.
- Avoid mixing ammonia, a bleaching agent and other cleaning products when cleaning. When these cleaning liquids are mixed, they produce a dangerous gas.