A home is something that is there to give a roof over someone’s head and create a place of safety. As things change as we get older we need to reevaluate our houses to make sure they are safe for our older years. Different challenges will arise and it is important to make sure those are handled for their safety and well-being.
The safety of the seniors in their own homes should be the first priority when they are going to start living alone. Home accidents become very common year-to-year and they only grow with the age of the senior. It is important that the house has a good comb through to make sure that their well-being is taken care of properly.
Trips and Falls
This could be one of the most important factors to look out for. In your day-to-day you don’t want to be worried about tripping on furniture or the carpet. Avoiding trips and falls can be done by creating an open space in the rooms. Making sure that chairs or beds are easily accessible and that there are no piles of debris in the way.
Looking at any of the throw rugs on the ground, or rugs that may be sticking up at the ends are also important to keep an eye out for. You can also look for any furniture or unused pieces in the house that can be decluttered to create a more open space as well.
Bathroom and Kitchen Safety
The bathroom has been a main room of issue for many seniors and can cause a lot of falls or problems. This can be helped by adding simple things like grab bars outside and inside of the tub and shower, getting a raised toilet seat with handles, adding a non-slip mat to the tub floor, or even adding a chair to the tub as well. There are many helpful changes to be made in the bathroom.
The kitchen could also cause some issues. You would want to make sure everything that is needed is easily accessible. This means emptying high-up cabinets and bringing things lower or even getting a small step stool as well. Possibly adding rubber grips to the side of sinks can also help keep them stable.
Safety isn’t always about not falling. Making sure that the fridge is often cleaned out from expired items or rotten fruits can save them from any stomach issues.
Common House Safety
When being home alone at any age there are common safety rules to abide by, however, it can be important to remind them or even write it down. When independently living, it is always important to keep the doors and windows locked at all times, and to not answer the door to someone you may not know. Installing a peep-hole may be a good idea to help you see who’s at the door before opening it.
When answering the phone it is important too to not get caught up in any telephone scams or telemarketers. Giving the same rule of, do you know this person, when it comes to phone calls can be beneficial.
Overall, there are many ways to assure that you or your senior is safe while they are living alone. The best remedy to any anxiety would be calling frequently, and physically checking in on them.