Many families expecting the arrival of a baby work extensively to baby-proof the house to prevent accidents and untoward incidents. Senior-proofing a home is just as important.
One in four older adults falls every year and more than 800,000 of these seniors are hospitalized because of a head injury or hip fracture. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the leading risk factors of falling incidents among the elderly is home hazards.
If you have seniors living with you, make sure every corner of your home does not pose even the most trivial danger to them.
Because carpets are slip-resistant, they are the safest option for covering your hard surface floor, says Main Street Kitchen & Flooring. It is also important that your carpets are secured firmly to the floor because loose rugs can become tripping hazards. In addition, even with spills, a carpet-covered floor protects older adults – and everyone at home – from skidding.
Falling from the staircase can cause not only fractures or head bumps but, in worst case scenarios, can lead to fatal injuries. Avoid this accident by installing sturdy handrails your senior loved one can use when going upstairs or downstairs. It is also important that both the top and bottom of the staircase have adequate lighting, as well.
Bathrooms are one of the most dangerous areas at home as they constantly get wet and slippery. To make bathrooms safer, put non-skid mats or carpets on surfaces that get wet. Additionally, install grab bars around the toilet. For easy access, place the toilet paper nearer the toilet and install light switches within reach of your senior loved one.
Older people are not as strong as they used to be. This is why even falls and trips can bring grave health consequences. It is imperative, then, that the home of your senior loved one is a safe place for them to be, from the floor to the ceiling.