Fall prevention for the elderly at home is possible and a necessity of our lives. One of the things most of us fear most is a fall. A broken hip can severely interfere with our independence, and we definitely don’t want our independence compromised in any way.
Walk through your house. Do you see any scatter rugs that need to be removed? Do it now.
Look for loose cords hanging in places that might cause you to trip. How about edges of bedspreads or curtains? Look for anything that drags on the floor.
Safety Tips in the Kitchen – for Seniors
As we age, we do tend to get a bit preoccupied or forgetful. It’s a good idea to buy only small appliances that will turn themselves off. My iron turns off automatically and so does my coffee pot. It’s a good idea to simply unplug small appliances when we leave the house. I do try to remember to do that especially if we are going on a trip. We also use a coffee pot that does not require lifting and pouring from the pot. My husband is legally blind, so this is most important for us. How can you make your kitchen safer for you?
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Bathroom Safety Equipment Seniors Should Consider
Elderly falls prevention is especially important in the bathroom. If you don’t have safety rails in your bathtub or shower, now is the time to get them. Walk in showers are safer but if your shower is in the tub, you may be noticing that you have difficulty stepping in and out of the tub. Place rails so that you can grab them for extra support every time you get in or out of the tub or shower.
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Fall Prevention for the Elderly at Home – Resources
Research home safety for seniors and implement the strategies that will be most helpful in your home. In a post like this one, we can just skim this subject. Ask your adult children to read with you and help you to make your home safe for your senior years.
Fall prevention for the elderly at home is an important subject. We have simply hit the high notes in this article. I hope you will continue to simplify your home, declutter, and research more ways you can make your home safer. Talk to your children, your neighbors, your friends. Ask for ideas. Have a friend or adult child walk through your home with you. Sometimes we look at things so often, we simply do not see the danger.
Pay attention to your daily routine. Is there an item in your home that you constantly step over or around? Is there any reason it could not be moved today?