Many of the seniors in our families and communities choose to live at home and continue living their independent lifestyle while they age. However, concerns of health care and safety may arise as seniors continue to age in the home. At Elders’ Helpers, we’re always researching new ways to improve and ensure the safety of both our clients and their families.
Here are some of the top tips we use to educate our caregivers and clients on how to easily make their home safer and more accessible.
Bathroom Safety Improvements
Bathroom accessibility and safety is incredibly important for seniors to remain independent. Many accidents in the home happen in the bathroom. There are simple things that can be done to avoid the pitfalls of a bathroom accident.
For example, consider having a grab bar installed in the shower space. A grab bar is a useful tool to have while showering as it provides stability and mobility. Also, in the case of a slip, it can be grabbed in order to prevent a fall.
If a senior is not fully comfortable standing in the shower, a shower chair or shower transfer bench are great tools that can be used to provide peace of mind. A shower transfer bench and chair allows a person with limited mobility to safely enter the shower and remain seated while showering. This extra safety measure eliminates any chance of a fall.
Finally, when getting out of the shower or bath tub, be sure to have no slip mats placed on the floors. This prevents water from making the floor slippery and is another easy step to prevent a fall.
Kitchen Safety Improvements
Another area that major accidents occur is in the kitchen. However, there are many small things that can be done to prevent serious accidents. One simple way to start is to move any items that are used frequently to easily reachable cabinets, drawers or counter space. This prevents the need of a stepladder or unnecessary bending or reaching which can increase the risk of injury.
Tidying the kitchen after use is always another easy way to prevent avoidable injury. Any knives or sharp objects should always be safely put away after use. Countertops should be cleared, cabinet doors shut, and drawers closed after use.
One last tip to be considered while cooking on the stovetop, in the oven or toaster oven, never leave the kitchen area unattended. This small step could prevent a fire from starting.
Bedroom Safety Improvements
The last part of the home I’ll touch on today, is the bedroom. Many people don’t consider this area of the home to cause injuries, but accidents can and do occur in the bedroom. From falling out of bed at night, to tripping on a rug or over poorly placed furniture, there are many ways seniors may accidentally be injured in their bedroom. There are a few simple precautions that could be taken to make this area safer.
To prevent falling out of bed while tossing and turning at night, consider attaching bed rails to the bed. Since some seniors may be resistant to the installation of bed rails, another option to prevent falling out of the bed would be to ensure the bed is large enough.
Lastly, it is imperative to be sure there are no unnecessary items on the floor or in the walkway. Make sure that any bedspread or linens are neatly on the bed and not touching the floor. Rearranging furniture to clear walkways can also prevent a bad trip.
Safety at home is one of the biggest priorities for seniors who want to stay in their home as long as possible. Helping seniors take these simple safety precautions is an easy way to ensure seniors are able stay in their home as long as possible and continue living their happy, independent lifestyle. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors implement these little things to prevent a big accident, but we hope you will find them helpful yourself!
For more tips and recommendations of home improvements for senior accessibility and safety in the home, please visit https://www.eldershelpers.com/Helpers/resources/.
We’d love to hear your questions and concerns so Elders’ Helpers can help you and your family. Feel free to give us a call at (616) 454-8305 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime to speak with one of our client coordinators directly.