Many seniors lament their aging not because of their gray hair or bad hearing but because of their struggle to stay independent due to common senior safety concerns. However, there are some easy changes you can make in your home to help ensure safety with senior and elderly problems in mind. Here are just a few of the easy changes you can make:
- Trim trees and shrubs to eliminate hiding places for thieves.
- Keep the exterior of your home well lit.
- Make it difficult for an intruder to enter.
- Make sure windows are locked.
- Secure the basement and attic windows.
- Make your answering machine seem like someone else lives there.
· Install grab bars in the shower and tub areas to help stabilize yourself in the slippery areas of your home.
· Do not use lotions or oils when in the tub.
· Have non-slip rugs near areas where there may be water, such as sinks and bathroom areas.
· Make sure any throw rugs are secured with double-sided tape.
· Wear rubber soled shoes that fit your feet well, and are easy to wear.
· Pick your feet up higher.
· Make sure lighting is good anywhere there are stairs, entry ways, etc.
· Keep a cordless phone on your person or near your person whenever possible. This way you are not trying to crawl across the floor with a broken hip to get to a wall mount phone.
· Install phones in every room so that should an emergency happen, you have access to help nearby.
· Consider using a medical alert system such as First Alert to protect you from being alone and helpless if a problem does occur.
· Make a list of all medications you take, and who your doctor is, as well as all other emergency contact information and keep it in your purse, in your home, in your car, etc. to help should an accident occur.