Living alone is often the preferred choice for many senior adults, but this independence brings its own set of dangers. However, there are some preventative steps that can be taken to ensure senior adults are safer in their own homes while maintaining independence. Continue reading for the top safety tips for seniors and their families.
Unfortunately, senior adults are oftentimes the target of robbery or theft. By installing a home security system, the family and senior will continuously have eyes on the home to observe surrounding activity or suspicious behavior. Motion-activated lights are also another way to stop unusual activity around the outside of the house. To make the most of cameras, install them over windows, the garage, and any exterior doors around the senior’s property.
To set aside some worries, develop a list of emergency contacts and post it near the phone. Should there be an accident or injury, this list will be accessible and detailed with the necessary information such as the senior’s medical professionals and nearby family.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 million seniors go to the emergency room as the result of a fall, each year. Avoid taking part in these stats by keeping the home in good repair, cleaning up stairways and floors, and installing handrails.
A disaster kit is something every homeowner should have, regardless of age. This kit is meant to be used in the event of power outages, freezing weather, or natural disasters. It should include dried food, blankets, bottled water, flashlights matches, candles, and medical supplies. Once this kit is put together, keep it stored in a well-trafficked area for easy access.
Creating a close relationship with neighbors will not only provide company and prevent isolation, but also keep a senior adult safer. Next-door neighbors tend to be the ones who reach an emergency earlier than the authorities or family members who are farther away.
The bathroom is often the most dangerous place for seniors who live alone. With slippery floors and many hard, sharp edges, the bathroom is the highest-risk place for an injury. Consider installing handholds and bars in the bathroom, specifically around the shower and toilet.
By following these tips, a senior adult is likely to live safely with their independence intact and their families less worried. But should the time come where you find yourself or your loved one considering home health care, contact us.