As aging occurs reflexes diminish and health problems make us prone to emergencies. Making a home environment safe is essential to our well elderly loved ones peace of mind. A few simple adjustments can make the biggest difference.
Make sure that they’re a clear path through each room. Move furniture out of the way to create such paths. Remove rugs that could cause slips or falls.
The following is a list of low-cost home safety modification tips that can help make a home safer for the elderly.
- Implement changes in the three most dangerous areas the bedroom, living room, and hallway.
- Keep floor space free from clutter, such as electrical cords newspapers books, and magazines children’s and pet toys.
- Homes heated with gas should be checked for leaks.
- Ensure bathroom safety by using grab bars in the shower, tub, and by toilet.
- Make sure smoke alarms and Carbon monoxide detectors are functioning and see if they are hardwired for safety in case of dead batteries.
- Have the water heater inspected and reduce the hot water temperature to a few degrees to avoid potential scalding.
Implementing these simple tips will help ensure the safety of your home is in place for the elderly.