There are several physical changes that happen in our body as we age preventing us from maintaining an independent lifestyle. Our bones become brittle, our senses are not as sharp as they were several years ago, and some of our physical activities are deliberately decreased. In the United States, there is a growing number of older adults living independently.
The majority of older adults aged 65 and above express their need to age independently and in place. This, however, can increase the risk of fall-related emergencies. Burns and poisoning are just some of the most common accidents involving older adults living independently. Aside from this, seniors living alone are also an easy target for criminals.
It is increasingly crucial to ensure the safety at home of our beloved seniors. If you are a senior living on your own, a child of a senior, or a person fostering care to an older person living alone, here are the important things that you should do to ensure their safety.
Accessible Emergency Numbers
Since older adults leave alone, it is important that emergency numbers are available in case something happens. Come up with a list of important numbers in large print. Make sure that these numbers can be read easily even from afar. The list should include Poison Control number, 911, Healthcare provider’s office, and a family member or friend to call in case of emergency.
Fall-proof Your Home
There are three areas in and around the home where the most incident of fall happens. These are stairs or steps, in the bathroom, and in the bedroom. It is important to take time to check what needs to be done to ensure older adult’s safety at home. Some of the most common dangers for falls are items on the floor, poor lighting, slimy surfaces, and wobbly furniture.
In order to make sure that you prevent incidents of fall from happening to older adults, it is important to tape all area rugs to the floor to prevent them from moving when you walk on them. Put banisters and rails on stairs and paths. It is also important not to put scatter rugs at the top or at the bottom of the stairs. Check hallways, paths, and stairs, for scattered objects like shoes or books. These areas must also be well-lit.
Fire-Protect your Home
Aside from fall incidents, seniors are also prone to fire incidents at home. It is important that appliances, fire-triggers, and other sources of fires are regularly checked. If you are a senior living alone, avoid wearing loose clothing or those with long sleeves when cooking. Appliances with decaying cords should also be replaced.
It is also important to install a smoke detector at home and have its batteries replaced twice a year. Ensure that heaters are at least three feet away from anything that is susceptible to fire. This includes bedding, curtains, and furniture. Put fire extinguishers in every room if possible. You can also put it in very accessible place. Always turn off heaters when you leave the room. In addition, do not leave candles burning in an empty room.
Invest in a Medical Alert System
When you install a medical alert system, emergency services are available at the push of a button. This is very helpful in case of a fall, slip, or trip happens to seniors living alone.
If you or your loved one needs help in ensuring the safety of your beloved senior at home, you may want to contact Options for Senior Living. Our team provides a FREE guidance and consultation service to help you discover a custom-made solution for you, your client, or your loved one. Call us now at +1-602-845-1320 or visit our website at http://optionsforseniorliving.com/