TIPS TO MAKING A SENIOR'S HOME SAFE - A Friend At Home Skip to main content
  1. Declutter: Remove tripping hazards like loose rugs, clutter, and unnecessary furniture. Clear pathways to allow for easy mobility, especially in high-traffic areas.
  2. Good Lighting: Ensure adequate lighting in all areas, including hallways, stairs, and bathrooms. Use nightlights to prevent falls during nighttime trips to the bathroom.
  3. Non-Slip Flooring: Install non-slip mats or rugs in the bathroom and kitchen, where floors can become slippery. Consider replacing flooring with non-slip options.
  4. Secure Carpets and Rugs: If rugs are necessary, use double-sided tape or non-slip backing to prevent them from sliding.
  5. Handrails and Grab Bars: Install handrails along staircases and in the bathroom, and place grab bars near the toilet and in the shower to assist with balance.
  6. Bathroom Safety: Ensure the bathroom is senior-friendly with a raised toilet seat, a shower chair, and easy-to-reach toiletries.
  7. Kitchen Safety: Organize the kitchen with frequently used items within reach, and store heavy items at waist height to avoid straining.
  8. Medication Management: Use a pill organizer to simplify medication management and prevent dosage errors.
  9. Fire Safety: Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home. Test them regularly and replace batteries as needed.
  10. Emergency Plan: Create an emergency plan with contact information for family members and caregivers. Ensure the senior knows how to call for help in case of an emergency.
  11. Handicap Accessibility: If needed, consider widening doorways and installing ramps for wheelchair accessibility.
  12. Proper Footwear: Encourage the senior to wear proper-fitting, non-slip shoes or slippers indoors and outdoors.
  13. Home Security: Install a security system and consider a medical alert system that the senior can use in case of a fall or emergency.
  14. Regular Home Inspections: Conduct regular safety checks to identify and address any potential hazards.
  15. Falls Prevention Exercises: Encourage the senior to engage in exercises that improve balance and strength to reduce the risk of falls.
  16. Regular Eye and Hearing Checkups: Ensure the senior’s vision and hearing are regularly checked and corrected to maintain awareness of their surroundings.
  17. Home Modification: Consider home modifications like chair lifts or stairlifts if mobility becomes a significant concern.
  18. Home Care Assistance: If necessary, enlist the help of a professional home caregiver who can provide supervision and assistance with daily activities.

Regularly review and update safety measures to accommodate any changes in the senior’s health and mobility. These precautions can go a long way in preventing accidents and promoting independence in the senior’s home.

Regularly review and update safety measures to accommodate any changes in the senior’s health and mobility. These precautions can go a long way in preventing accidents and promoting independence in the senior’s home.

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