It's important for seniors to stay informed as they work to age gracefully and maintain their independence. The resources below provide helpful tips for seniors and caregivers. Check it out!
General Home Safety
- Consider a medical alert or a buddy system.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
- Use extreme caution when smoking. Never smoke when alone or in bed.
- Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure your have your balance.
- Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
- Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
- Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
- Avoid using slippery wax on floors.
- Wipe up spills promptly.
- Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
- Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house, or, if necessary, purchase a stair lift.
- Check for sturdiness of furniture and equipment frequently used.
- Keep telephone and emergency numbers within reach, especially when alone.
- Keep cane/walker within reach. DO NOT attempt to walk alone if you balance is not steady.
- If using a wheelchair, be sure the brakes are locked on BOTH sides before transferring to and from the wheelchair.
- Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.
- Use recommended bath aids, securely installed on the walls of the bath/shower stall and on the sides of the toilet.
- Skid-proof the tub and make sure the bath mat has a non-slip bottom.
- Mark cold and hot faucets clearly.
- Use door locks that can be opened from both sides.
- If possible, shower only when help is available.
- Use non- skid mat or tub chair with rubber suction cups to hold in place.
- Develop and practice an evacuation plan
- Locate smoke detectors (which should be located on each level of the home, living rooms, hallways etc.)
- Establish clear pathways to all exits. DO NOT BLOCK EXITS with furniture or boxes. HAVE KEYS accessible near deadbolt/ locked doors.
- Avoid smoking with oxygen, in bed or laying down.