Ways to Make your Home Safe for Seniors5 min read
Just as it’s important to keep your home safe when there are small children around, it’s also important to keep your home safe for the seniors in our lives. Things like mobility and eyesight can become an issue as you and your loved ones age, and there are steps you can take to make specific areas of your home safer as time goes on.
Floors can be dangerous for people with mobility issues or those who are prone to falling, especially if they are hardwood, laminate, or tile, as those surfaces can get slick very quickly. You can apply non-slip wax to floors to help with this or put down non-slip mats in places like entryways and in front of sinks where the ground may get wet. For additional safety, you can put non-skid treads on stairs, get rid of throw rugs that slide around easily, repair loose or frayed carpeting, and clear away any clutter and wires that could be a trip hazard.
Lighting in a home can make a big difference when it comes to the safety of seniors. The older you get the worse your eyesight can be; so, it is important to make sure your home is well lit to ensure older loved ones can see where they are going. To avoid an issue, you can place nightlights in hallways and other hard to see areas like bathrooms and entryways. Always make sure the tops of staircases are well-lit, as this can be a fall hazard during late night trips to the bathroom or kitchen. You can also put lamps on bedside tables and motion sensor lights around your house to help make areas brighter. The motion sensor lights are especially helpful for closets and darker rooms and lamps that turn on and off with a touch instead of a switch are more user-friendly in the dark.
The kitchen can be a hazardous place for anyone; so, it’s especially important to make that room as safe as possible to avoid any accidents. One big change you can make to ensure kitchen safety is installing an induction cooktop instead of having a regular cooktop. With an induction cooktop, the cooktop can turn off when a pot is removed from the burner. CookStop is another device that you can install on your stove to help prevent a fire. It automatically turns off your stove if you leave it unattended for a specific amount of time. It’s also important to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and to make sure that everyone knows how to use it in case a fire does occur. Another small change you can make to your kitchen is installing an anti-scalding device in the sink to make sure no one burns their hands if the water gets too hot. These can also be installed in bathrooms both on a showerhead and in the tub head to prevent scalding bath or shower water. If the water gets too hot, the anti-scalding device automatically shuts off the water.
There are many other simple steps you can take to ensure your home is safe for you and your loved ones. What other tips do you have to make a home safe for seniors? Let us know in the comments! If the next safety measure you need to take is hiring part-time, in-home care for your loved one, call Optimal today to talk about your options.