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Home Safety – Extra Precautions

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Home Safety – Extra Precautions

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors. It’s important to take extra precautions to protect yourself from these kinds of injuries.

HOME SAFETY

  • Print off this home safety checklist.
  • Medical alert or a robust buddy system are highly recommended.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor and smoke detectors throughout the home.
  • For smokers, don’t smoke in bed and don’t smoke during times of day when drowsiness is common.
  • Take plenty of time for all transitions, never rush out of bed or out of a chair. Balance is the top priority.
  • Get shoes that have low heels and fit comfortably.
  • Make sure your walking aid is the correct height.
  • Get rid of throw rugs or tack them down.
  • Pay attention to the traffic areas in the home and make sure they are free of any plugs, cords, or wires.
  • If the floors get waxed make sure it isn’t a slippery variety.Kitchen
  • If something spills wipe it up immediately, if bending over is challenging use a swiffer.
  • Have someone else stand on a ladder or a chair if it is needed for a task.
  • Stairs inside and outside the home need to have sturdy railings, non-slip surfaces, and good lighting with light switches at the bottoms and the top of the staircase.
  • Consider purchasing a stairlift.
  • Get non-glare light bulbs, the brighter the better for safety.

Bathroom safety

  • Leaving a light on in the bathroom can be a helpful guide in the night.
  • Securely install the best bath aids for shower/bath and toilet needs.
  • Get some bathtub mats and bath rugs that are non-slip.
  • Make sure the water heater is set to 120° F or below.
  • Clearly mark the cold and hot faucets.
  • Have door locks that open from both sides.
  • Try to bathe only when someone could help if needed.Bathroom

Kitchen safety

  • Use bright colors to mark “on” and “off” switches on appliances.
  • Keep all of the sharp knives in a block.
  • Don’t let the floors get cluttered with things and try to keep them clean.
  • Work areas should always be illuminated.
  • Get a kettle that has an automatic shut-off.
  • Put all heavy objects at waist level.
  • Designate a specific spot for all hazardous items so they are separate from food.
  • Wear tight fitting clothes when cooking over the stove, and no scarves.
  • Check the expiration dates on foods and if it is unclear that some leftovers should go don’t take a chance.

Drug safety

  • Clearly label all medications, or even nicknames if that helps.
  • Make it a habit of reviewing medicines with the doctor/pharmacist, and especially with any new medications.
  • Never read a medicine label in dim light.
  • Get rid of any old and expired medicines.
  • Don’t borrow medicine from people.
  • Ask the doctor about alcohol/non-prescription drug use mixed with doctor approved medication, never assume it is ok.
  • Get a medication organizer for easier use.

Reprinted from – Elderville