As people grow older, they have to be more cautious when moving around. To help mitigate the risk of injury, it is best to create a safer environment for them so that there are fewer hazards around. In this article, Matthew Bussard shares five tips on improving the safety of any senior’s living space, whether at home with you or on their own.
Reduce Potential Tripping Hazards
The first and easiest thing you can do is to remove anything that could easily be tripped on. Ottomans, lower sitting tables, cords, anything that comes up to around the shins or below should be moved out of any paths or covered with something like tape or a heavy rug. If you have children, ensure that toys are kept out of the room. Installing non-slip flooring would also be an excellent investment to make.
Improve Lighting Conditions
Since seniors’ eyesight changes as they age, they need more lighting in their living space to navigate properly. You will want to install easily accessible lights and switches, line hallways and rooms with a few nightlights, and in general, ensure that they are always able to see where they’re going. Consider installing smart bulbs and motion sensors so that they don’t need to fumble for switches in the first place. Remember, just because you can see just fine does not mean that they can as well.
Add Safety Features to Bathrooms
Mobility is a big concern for the elderly. Most are not going to have the same level of balance as they did when they were younger. To help make things easier for them, consider installing grab bars, adding a bath mat in the tub, getting a bathing chair, and other such things.
Get a Medication Dispenser With Telehealth Service
An automatic medication dispenser is essential for seniors with dementia and Alzheimers, but even for those with limited mobility. They come in all shapes and sizes, but you will have to decide if you need a telehealth service included. Adding this means that the seniors will be monitored by the agency of choice for taking their medication on time and regular welfare checkups. If there’s an emergency, they can call emergency services.
Protect Against Fire Hazards
If seniors live on their own, you need to make sure you eliminate any potential fire hazards. Regularly check the smoke alarm to make sure that it works, replace any old appliances with ones that have automatic shutoff features, and in general, ensure that there isn’t a way for a fire to start by accident.
Remember, these measures are helpful to keep your seniors safe. Some of these tips may sound unnecessary at first, but you cannot skip out when it comes to safety.
About Matthew Bussard
Matthew Bussard is a financial services broker offering support to Medicare users in Rhode Island. He is passionate about creating a difference in his clients’ lives by helping them enroll in Medicare with professionalism and care. Mr. Bussard volunteers with Medicare recipients at Oak Street Health Clinics, providing efficient, continual guidance to clients every step of the way. Matthew also participates in various charitable activities, including The Hunger Project, the MDRT Foundation, local clean-ups, and little league coaching. He donates to local charities and makes a difference in his community in every way possible.