Aging in Place Senior Safety Recommendations
Aging in place safely does require a little planning ahead and preparing the living environment to meet the needs of the senior. Family caregivers assisting a loved one can follow our room by room home safety guide. The following 10 recommendations address common improvements individuals aging in place make to their home and daily routine to prioritize safety and preventing a life-altering fall.
1. Secure Rugs To Prevent Tripping
Remove throw rugs to prevent slipping on and any torn carpets that can be tripped on. Retape areas of the carpet that are not secured with double-sided tape and secure rugs the same way if you need to keep a rug in a room.
2. Install Handrails on Both Sides of Stairs
Handrails are inexpensive and easy to install and will make traversing the stairs significantly easier for your loved one.
3. Add Handrails in Bathroom
Consider grab bars in multiple locations in the bathroom. Having access to a handrail to assist in getting to the toilet is important as well as getting in and out of a shower or bathtub.
4. Properly Light Entryways, Stairs, and Pathways
Use the proper watt for the lightbulbs in the ceiling light fixtures. If additional or supplemental lighting is needed consider motion detection lights that can be plugged into an electric socket. These lights can be excellent for a long hallway with the light switch at the other end or for providing nighttime light to get to a bathroom without having to go to a light switch first.
5. Handgrabbers Make Reaching Easier
Using a step stool should be a last resort for reaching anything out of reach having a hand grabber should eliminate the need to have to risk stepping on a stool to reach something.
6. Test Smoke Alarms
Always install adequate smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Test them periodically and change out the batteries as needed.
7. Wear a Mobile Medical Alert Pendant
Having a medical alert system is important to coordinate emergency services immediately. We recommend our Mobile Protection solution. This medical alert system includes a wearable cellular pendant that can be used in the home or anywhere it needs to go. It includes fall detection, GPS locator, and a replacement warranty in case something happens.
8. Medication Management Support
Write down all of the medications that are currently being taken including the name of the medication, the dose, and frequency, the number of refills, pharmacy information, and prescribing doctor. We recommend using a personal health record to keep track of these important medication details and much more.
9. Stay In Routine Contact with Neighbors, Friends or Family
Have at least one individual to make contact with on a daily basis. This can be a neighbor, a friend, a long-distance family caregiver, and on some days it may be the meals on wheels delivery person.
10. Non Slip Mats in Bathrooms and Outdoor Stairs
Get nonskid strips installed on stairs or on wood porches near entryways. Add non-slip materials and mats to the floors of bathtubs and anywhere that may get wet on the bathroom floor.