Mar 25 Care Mission
Do a Home Safety Check
Learn about 5 common home dangers for seniors and what you can do to help.
Your Care Mission:
A throw rug. A single light in the hallway. A luxurious sunken tub. All three of these things contain a common home pitfall for older adults. Did you spot it? From bathrooms to lighting, get tips to spot common home dangers and then use your knowledge to help a senior in your life make improvements.
Dangerous Tubs, Showers and Toilets. Sunken showers and tubs below floor level, slippery steps and missing handrails make for an accident waiting to happen.
How to Help: Install grab bars.
Treacherous Trip Hazards. Different types of flooring or items on the floor could create uneven floor surfaces or a trip hazard.
How to Help: Evaluate the room for area rugs or electrical cords that could be a trip hazard. Remove or rearrange items that could be a danger.
Perilous Stairs. Stairs aren’t always designed for those with balance or mobility issues. Railings often are only on one side of stairs and lighting in entrances may be inadequate.
How to Help: Look into adding additional handrails.
Hazardous Floors Material. Bathroom and kitchen floors could be slippery.
How to Help: Runners with rubber backing are an inexpensive solution. Peel and stick traction slips also are available for some floor surfaces.
Poor Lighting. Inadequate lighting could be an issue in entrances, bathrooms, hallways or bedrooms because it may be difficult to see obstacles.
How to Help: Upgrade to LED bulbs that may be brighter and have a longer service life.
In a recent survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc. franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, of North American homeowners between the ages of 55 and 75, nearly 80% said they had given at least a little thought to what they will need to do to age in place.
To learn more about home safety for seniors and aging in place, visit the educational program Home Your Own Way.
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