Today we have a guest post from Alexis Bonari who tells us how we can improve safety in our ageing parent’s home.
As people grow older, they become more at risk of slips, trips and falls, which can be potentially life threatening. Even familiar and seemingly safe surroundings can become hazardous when eyesight dims and people become frail, leading to a bad fall or the fracturing of fragile bones.
If you have older relatives, it is important to make sure their home is as safe as possible to minimise the risk of accidents. Here are a few tips about how you can makeover their home to limit the risk of accidents for your older relatives:
Create an Accessible Area
Instead of asking your older relative to climb up and down stairs to get to a bed or a bathroom — creating the potential for falls — you may be able to create one area on the ground floor that has everything they will need.
Loose floorboards, broken tiles, leaks and other issues can create the potential for serious accidents. Your older relative could trip on a loose board or tile, slip on water from a leak, or become injured in some other way. Make their home safer by attending to repairs. Even the small things can make a big difference in making their home safer.
Make Use of Experts
There are aids and adaptations their home may need. These may include safety rails next to the toilet or shower, railings on stairs and steps (even just the few steps by the front door), non-slip mats on any non-carpeted areas and covers or bumpers for hard surfaces and corners.
Get advice from an expert such as an Occupational Therapist or your elderly parent’s local Falls Team (contactable from their local Social Services office) They will not only give advice but arrange for the equipment to be delivered and installed on a long term loan basis.
Install an Alarm System
There are many alarm systems that are created specifically with older people in mind. These include call bells, buttons and bracelets that can automatically notify emergency contacts when there has been an incident. This will be especially useful if your loved one falls and no one is around or has a heart attack or stroke and is unable to call for help. There are many options, so you should research the ones that are right for their home and budget.
Making over their home can make sure it is a safe and welcoming place for your elderly loved one. These tips can help you make their home as safe as it can be to prevent accidents and serious injuries.
Have you made an elderly relative’s home safer for them? We would love to hear about it to share with others!
About the Author:
Alexis Bonari writes for one of the largest open databases of college funding opportunities. Specific topics like scholarships for veterans are described in detail to provide multiple resources for students.