If you’re one of the many Canadians caring for an older loved one at home their safety can be a very real concern in the home setting especially. Start by conducting a room by room inspection noting any ways you can lessen the possibility of them experiencing a fall. The bathroom is the room that presents the biggest and most frequent room that falls occur so a good place to start.
Here are 6 tips to help keep your loved one safe at home.
- Let there be light – poor visibility puts seniors at risk for falls with their diminished eyesight, install the highest wattage possible at entrances, hallways and staircases. Consider putting in glow in the dark light switches or motion sensor lighting throughout the home so older loved ones don’t need to struggle to find switches in the dark.
- Easy access to doors and windows for seniors with arthritis – for those with arthritis working door knobs and windows can be a challenge. Changing out hardware to flat handles can make dealing with them much easier.
- Restrict access to doors and windows for seniors with dementia – if the person in your care has dementia it’s critical to limit access to the outdoors ( in case the wander ) as well as anything that could cause them harm. Chemicals, household cleaners and medicines should be secured to prevent accidental ingestion.
- Assist in mobility – remove any items that could be an obstacle in their path, a walk in shower is the best option and will assist their mobility.
- Make it easy to summon help – despite your best efforts the unexpected can happen so enlist a way for them to call for help. A call assisted service allows them to have help in a matter of minutes by pressing a button on a device around their neck or worn on their wrist. Even a cell phone they can carry with them or a home phone within easy reach in the areas of the home they spend most of their time will allow them to call for help if needed.
- Use at home safety devices – there are a few products that are designed to keep seniors safe for example Impactive Hip Protectors are made to protect a seniors hip should they fall. These light and comfortable underwear come in a number of designs for men and women and will shield the hip from a fracture during a fall.