With warmer weather, we are sure to be more on the go than during the cooler months of the year. Daily activities with friends and neighbors become more of a regular occurrence outside the home. As we leave and rejoin new activities, items can end up left haphazardly on tables and floors. It is especially important that we keep our senior’s home safe by keeping trip hazards out of harm’s way.
Look around your senior’s home for random wires and cords that would pose as a trip hazard. Keep an eye out for loose items and throw rugs that could get underfoot. Tack down any scatter rugs where they are needed. Avoid over waxing and polishing the floors. Another way to help with possible falls is to install handrails in areas such as bathrooms and around stairs to help with random unsteadiness that can occur.
Install light-sensing and motion-activated nightlights in hallways and bathrooms throughout the home. Your senior loved one will be able to navigate in the dark a lot easier with some assistance of a little bit of light. This will prevent any accidental falls while searching for the light switch when needed after the sun has set.
One way to keep your senior’s home safe it to create an organized system. Have a spot where keys always go when returning home. Have a bin near the door for shoes, perhaps under a bench to sit on when putting on and removing shoes. Hooks near the entrance are also great for easy cleanup of quickly removed jackets. Making a place for everything makes it easier to avoid piles of clothing on floors and shoes in the way for walking. It also makes finding everything possible because items are in their designated spots.
One helpful change in a senior’s home is to change out all round doorknobs and facet handles for levers. Fingers can get stiff and this will make opening and shutting doors and turning off water in the home difficult. This simple change will make life a lot easier for your senior loved one.
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