As we age, it is important that we make appropriate changes to our home to create a safe, hazard-free environment. Sometimes, however, we may not realize that certain things may possibly lead to accidents. That is why Spring Hills offers Home Care Wellness Programs, which include assessment of homes for optimal safety. To support seniors and their families in maintaining a senior-friendly living environment, we’ve put together a handy checklist of items to ensure optimal safety of any living space.
Elderly Home Safety Checklist for Seniors and Caregivers
There are many things to assess in terms of home safety for elderly adults:
- Keep medical alert bracelets or cards updated and on hand.
- Every floor should have a fire extinguisher and smoke detector checked on a regular basis.
- Get rid of tripping hazards: scatter rugs should be removed or tacked down; move electrical and other cords away from high traffic areas.
- Prevent slipping hazards: make sure you don’t use slippery wax on the floors; clean up spills immediately; install or apply a non-slip surface on all stairs.
- Make sure all drawers and closet doors close securely when not in use.
- Put in sturdy grab bars, handrails, or a stairlift along stairs.
- Make sure all areas are well lit with non-glare, 100 watt or greater light bulbs.
- Make sure there is adequate room between the furniture and between rooms.
- Use a step stool or reacher; don’t stand on chairs or other furniture.
- Keep medications well labeled.
In the Bathroom…
- Install grab bars or handrails in the bathtub or a special walk-in bathtub. Put in only bath mats with non-slip bottoms.
- Clearly mark hot and cold faucets.
- Keep the light on at all times or have a bright night light.
- Make sure the door locks can be opened from inside or outside the bathroom.
In the Kitchen…
- Keep knives secured in a knife block or rack.
- Only use heating appliances – like kettles or toasters – with an automatic shut-off.
- Keep the floor uncluttered and clean.
- Make sure any hazardous substances are kept far away from food items.
Take Advantage of Spring Hills Home Assessments for Wellness
Every home is different. There may be hidden hazards that are not obvious. As part of the Spring Hills home assessment program, an experienced caregiver can assess your home for safety, as well as make suggestions to prevent falls at home and recommend helpful home modifications where appropriate. The goal of the program is to ensure that seniors’ residences promote health, happiness, and independence.