Safety in the home is always an important consideration, but it becomes even more important when the safety of an elderly person is involved. This article will provide some easy general, and room specific tips that you can use to make sure that your home, and theirs is a safe haven for everyone.
In general, you should make sure that the basics, like smoke detectors in every room, fire extinguishers on every floor of the house, and a medical alert system. You should make sure that you, and or the seniors in the home, wear properly fitting shoes with low heels, use a walking aid, and always use caution when smoking in the house, making sure to never smoke in bed or when alone. Guard rails both inside and outside of the house can help prevent falls and accidents, and are relatively easy to install. Small scatter rugs should be secured as well and electrical cords and telephone cords kept away from high traffic areas.
In the bathrooms of the house, you should recommended bath aids, securely installed on the wall of the shower and on the sides of the toilet. Make sure that your bath mat has a non skid bottom, and turn the heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to avoid scalding. The hot and cold water faucets should also be clearly marked.
The kitchen is where most accidents in the home take place, but there are plenty of ways to prevent accidents from happening. First, be sure to keep your kitchen floors clean and uncluttered, and illuminate work areas. Heavier objects should be stored at waist level, and hazardous items, i.e. cleaning products and insecticides should be stored separately from food. You should also store all sharp knives in a rack, and rotate food regularly, making sure to check expiration dates.
Medication safety is also extremely important. Be sure to review medications frequently with your doctor and make sure that all old medicines are disposed of properly and that current medicines are clearly labeled. Never borrow prescription drugs from other people, and be sure to check with a doctor or pharmacist before attempting to mix non-prescription drugs with prescription drugs. Simple elder care home safety tips can prevent accidents and save lives, and do not take much time or effort to follow and implement. Following the advice in this article can dramatically improve the quality of life for yourself and/or someone that you care about.