If one of your loved ones is a senior citizen, you might appreciate this list of helpful tips for making sure they are safe and comfortable at all times. Whether or not you've arranged for professional senior home care from a company like Senior Helpers, these tips are easy enough for anyone to implement and can reduce the chances of a potentially disastrous fall.
Remove or Fasten Down Area Rugs and Mats
Area rugs and mats can be a real tripping hazard for seniors, especially for those who rely on walkers or canes to get around. It is easy for a rug to slide around or become bunched, making it easy for seniors to trip or lose their balance. An easy way to address this hazard is to remove area rugs and mats. If they can't be removed, fix them to the floor at the edges so that they can't bunch easily.
Replace or Repair Frayed Carpet
If carpet is frayed, either replace it or cover the frayed areas with duct tape until it can be replaced. A big toe or a cane can easily get stuck in a hole in the carpet, leading to a tripping hazard for seniors.
Install Grab Bars in Showers and Bathtubs
Fixtures like towel racks or faucet heads should never be used for help getting in and out of the shower. Instead, have grab bars installed that can easily support the weight of a person getting in and out of the tub. Of course, non-slip strips and mats are a must for showers and bathtubs also. Taking these steps can reduce the likelihood of a fall in the bathtub.
Make Stairs Clearly Visible
Be sure that any staircases are well-lit from top to bottom so that seniors can easily see how many stairs are remaining. Use brightly colored reflective tape to mark each step so that they are easily visible to seniors with deteriorating eyesight.
These are just a few senior home care safety tips that anyone can implement. The risk of trips and falls is serious with senior citizens. Having a home care worker to help your loved one around the house is another important way you can reduce the likelihood of trips and falls. If you'd like to arrange for a senior home care worker to begin helping to care for your loved one, give us a call at 1-800-760-6389.