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Five Things to Make Your Home Suitable for Seniors

Five Things to Make Your Home Suitable for Seniors

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the senior population. In fact, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falls account for over two million injuries treated in emergency rooms every year. This includes over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 deaths.

But you must keep in mind that falling is not an inescapable consequence of aging. There are several ways you can prevent your loved ones from experiencing falls. One way to go about it is to make your home senior-friendly.

  1. Pick up clutter.
    In making your home safe for seniors, the best place to start is by removing any clutter that can cause them to trip and fall. We are talking about newspapers, books, clothes, and toys laying around the floor. Do not forget to secure electrical and phone cords in their proper place.
  2. Use non-slip rugs.
    We encourage you to remove throw rugs as they can be a potential slip hazard. However, if you really want to put throw rugs on the floor, secure them with a double-sided tape. Or better yet, purchase non-slip rugs.
  3. Secure the stairs.
    Going up and down the stairs can be a strenuous task for your senior loved ones. Make sure the stairs are safe by installing handrails on both sides of the staircase. Moreover, you should make sure that the staircase is well lit from top to bottom to help them identify steps.
  4. Install bathroom safety items.
    The bathroom is the best place to relax, but this can turn into a dangerous place for your senior loved ones. In fact, many people agree that slips and falls are more likely to occur inside the bathroom. Make the bathroom safe for your loved one by installing grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and near the toilet and sink. Non-slip rubber mats are also a must in front of the sink, toilet, and shower or bath.
  5. Make simple modifications in the kitchen.
    If they still love to cook and bake, make the cabinets and pantry in your kitchen more accessible. Install pull-out shelves. You can also change the knobs on the cabinets and drawers into D-shaped pull handles as the latter requires less effort to grab.

Knowing the proper ways on how to keep your home senior-friendly and furnishing your home with the must-have safety items can help save your senior loved ones avoid fall accidents. Stay tuned for more helpful tips.

Need a helping hand in taking care of the elder in your life? We can help. Our Caregivers throughout Oregon can provide different home care services that will fit your loved ones’ needs. For inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 503-239-8000.

 

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