Home Safety for Elderly – Age in Place With Comfort and Security
Help seniors feel safer and more comfortable by meeting care needs in their own home.
We all know that home is where the heart is, which is why the hearts of so many older adults are set on remaining at home throughout aging, rather than facing a move to a nursing home or assisted living facility – as many as 90% of them, in fact, according to research conducted by AARP. And it stands to reason: the familiarity of home’s surroundings, the freedom to go wherever, whenever you want, the ability to determine what meals you want to eat and when you want them are all invaluable expressions of self-reliance. However, home safety for elderly love ones is a big concern. Remaining at home may seem like the ideal plan for aging, but there are a few questions to answer first:
Can I know for sure my loved one will be safe at home, particularly if living alone?
How will the senior get from one place to another when driving is no longer an option?
What will happen if my loved one becomes sick or is hurt, and no one is available to help?
Thankfully, it is now easier than ever for seniors to be safe and well cared for while living at home. The following tips can help you ensure your loved one is prepared for these needs and any future ones:
Evaluate the inside and outside of the home, from the standpoint of the senior’s safety. Be sure that:
There are grab bars placed near the toilet and tub.
All throw rugs or other tripping hazards are removed.
There is sufficient lighting, particularly in hallways and stairways.
Commonly-used items are within easy reach.
Emergency phone numbers are displayed prominently in the home.
Put together a plan for transportation, so that when driving is no longer an option, the senior still has the opportunity to get where he/she needs and wants to go:
Look into public transportation options where your loved one lives.
Put together a list of trusted people the senior can contact for transportation needs: friends, neighbors, family members, religious organizations, local senior centers, and Advanced Home Health Care.
Be sure the senior has access to a PERS (personal emergency response system) or other technology to enable him or her to call for help immediately when needed.