As we age, we usually have to deal with the unfortunate fact that more and more health problems are likely to start creeping up on us. This is an accepted and anticipated part of getting old. But as more seniors opt to stay in their homes for longer and avoid going into a nursing home or elder care facility, the need to protect them in their homes increases. Personal injury risks can go up greatly as a loved one ages. This is large because household threats are fairly well known yet few people understand how to protect their elder loved ones at home. Here are some critical safety changes seniors and their family members need to keep in mind in improving safety at home:
Unfortunately, it is a fairly well-known fact that seniors are often the preferred targets of criminals and scammers. This can be because they live alone with no one to monitor their actions or the result of lower mental capacity. Home security systems and phone displays can help ensure they are safe in this regard.
Ramps and Stair Lifts
When people live day in and day out with chronic conditions, it can become difficult and dangerous to simply get around in their own homes. Installing ramps and stair lifts helps keep senior adults around their homes. It allows them to enjoy more freedom and independence without the fear of falling and hurting themselves.
Shower and Tub
Slips and falls in the bathroom are common among the elderly. But thankfully shower and tub renovations make independent living safer and easier. Simple additions like slip mats and handles can be added to existing bathrooms while new walk-in tubs and shower chairs can also be great additions to consider for the home.
Trip and Fall Risks
Another major safety risk facing many seniors today is the many ways they can trip, slip, or fall in their homes. Common slipping hazards include floor rugs, loose carpet, slick floors, uneven flooring, bulky furniture, wires and cords, and much more. These concerns are common in many seniors’ homes right now and need to be fixed.
Keeping senior family members and loved one's safe and healthy at home as they age is a serious issue for other family members to consider. Concerned family members can begin implementing some of these changes with their family member’s homes to keep them safe. Even a small change can go a long way in keeping the home safe, so see what changes you can start with today!