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Senior Proofing Tips For Every Room

By Erin Carll

Home Care in Valencia PA

Among the top most worries family caregivers have for their aging loved ones are the dangers lurking in their own homes. The risk of falls, fatigue, and other hazards often make it difficult to leave seniors alone. While in-home elderly care services can lessen some of these stresses, it's wise to do a bit of “senior proofing” too. Here are some tips to consider for every room of the house.

Kitchen and Dining Room

Of all the rooms in our homes, the kitchen seems to have the most obvious threats. Ovens, toasters, and knives are dangerous when misused, as are nearly all electronic appliances. Kitchen and dining room floors are also hazardous even when dry. Luckily, there are some simple solutions:

  • Install no-skid adhesives to high traffic areas. Be sure to clean up any spills and mop only when you can be absolutely sure no one will be walking around.
  • Remove decorative rugs and other trip hazards. They may look nice, but it is easy for seniors to get caught on them, especially those with mobility issues.
  • For the dining room, consider using adjustable chairs or purchasing new chairs that are higher. Low chairs are difficult to get in and out of, which risks back and leg injuries.

Bathroom

Bathroom slips and falls are a hallmark of senior injury scenarios for good reason. Maneuvering in a slippery tub or shower and walking across slick floors lead to thousands of fall injuries a year. These next tips offer solutions to both common problems,as well as ones not often considered.

  • As with the Kitchen, many home improvement shops carry non-slip pads that are waterproof, great for use on the bath or shower floor.
  • Safety rails in the shower and near the toilet make it easier for elders to stand. Condier installing a safety stool in the shower for seniors who can't stand well for long periods of time.
  • Use motion-sensor lights in the hall and bathroom to reduce the chance of tripping or other injury.
  • Replace locking door handles with simple lever handles. Not only are they easier to use, they reduce the chance of elders accidentally trapping themselves, making it hard for home care or emergency service people to reach them.

Living Room and Bedroom

These are often our most high-traffic rooms, but just because they tend to have the air of safety doesn't mean there aren't some hazards to consider. In fact, the living room and bedroom have issues unique to other parts of the house.

  • Keep furniture a good distance apart, giving elders more room to walk, which is especially helpful for those who use walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.
  • Be careful when coming in from outdoors, especially when it's raining or snowing. It's easy to track in wetness and debris, which becomes a danger on tile, wood, and other smooth floors.
  • Make sure there is a light source such as a lamp right next to the bed. Also place flashlights in easily reachable places like night stands and end tables in case the power goes out.


Source
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/homesafety/01.html
http://myseniorsource.com/topics/home-safety/senior-proof-your-home
http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/02/03/5-inexpensive-ways-to-elder-proof-your-home/

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Valencia, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.