Help the Senior in Your Life Stay Safe in the Home with These Tips

Posted on: December 12th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

With snow and ice on their way, you’re no doubt taking extra precautions as you traverse outside, making sure you don’t take a tumble on slick surfaces. While these safety measures are laudable, are you doing everything you can to make sure the senior in your life doesn’t trip within their own home?

The CDC estimates that every 11 seconds, an older American is admitted to the hospital due to a fall. Often, the most hazardous place is their own home. Today, CarePro has four tips on how to make your loved one’s home safe:

  • Get rid of the throw rugs.

While a throw rug provides a warm barrier between their feet and the cold tile floor, they’re one of the top causes of falls in the home. Replace them with nonslip strips or mats.

  • Install safety grab bars in the bathroom.

If they find themselves starting to slip, the last thing they should have to do is grab onto a towel rack. They’re not meant to hold more than a few pounds, so chances are it will come off the wall and fall down with them. Safety grab bars, however, are meant to stay in place and stop a fall as it happens.

  • Make sure there’s adequate lighting.

During the day, it’s easy to see the light switch and turn it on, but at night they may find themselves fumbling. Given that elderly people lose their eyesight over time, this could lead to a fall. Add nightlights in the hallway to light their path to places such as the bathroom or the kitchen. This way, you or a loved one don’t stumble into walls or obstacles in the dark.

  • Install a stair lift.

Has mom been unsteady on her feet? The stairs could also become a hazard for her. Before you move her out of her beloved home, have the experts at CarePro install a stair lift. We can adapt them to fit nearly any kind of staircase!

At CarePro Home Medical , we want you and your loved ones to stay safe throughout the winter season. Visit us to see other products to help keep people safe in their own home!

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