Keeping our elderly loved ones safe in their home means taking some measures to reduce the risks of potential home accidents. These home accidents can be caused by a decline in balance and fading vision, and so eliminating some risks will be of great benefit to your loved one.
So how should you go about making sure that the home is accident-proof for your elderly loved ones?
Making stairs safe
If your loved one is using a walking stick, walker or other mobility aids, taking the stairs may not be the best option. One level living is ideal and if they are considering downsizing this would be a good option to consider. If one level living isn’t feasible, consider installing a wheelchair ramp to make the walk to and fro easier. If they are able to use the stairs, make sure the steps are safe by installing non-skid treads for more stability. Another way to help prevent slipping is comfortable footwear with non-skid soles.
Declutter and removing obstacles is also a great idea. For instance, lamps should be positioned in the corners to avoid the wires getting in the way across the floor. Throw rugs, especially those with patterns, should be removed as well; the patterns can easily cause your loved one to lose their balance and possibly fall.
Grab rails and mobility aids
It is worth investigating mobility aids such as a walker or shower chair. Also, grab rails are great to help someone anchor themselves in the bathrooms and other areas that an elderly person may need assistance such as the hallway or next to the couch.
Ensuring that the furniture is sturdy
Speaking of furniture, it is important to check how sturdy your loved one’s favourite chair or couch is. Consider how easy it is for them to use the furniture as well. For instance, though sitting on a recliner may be comfortable, the effort of getting in or out of it may be a bit of a challenge.
Installing proper lighting
As stated before, many home accidents are caused by fading vision with age. Make sure that there is proper lighting throughout the home to make it safer and easier to navigate. Also, consider installing motion-sensor lights to help your loved ones when they make a midnight trip to the kitchen fridge or bathroom.
Get professional assistance.
We know the safety and wellness of your loved one is a top priority and it may be worth looking into professional aged care services to give your loved one the necessary support. At Village Glen Retirement Living there are no stairs or steps anywhere around the Village to eliminate any risk of tripping. We also work with residents to help install grab rails and access mobility aids. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support can also assist an elderly person on a package making their home a safer place.
Contact Village Glen today for a consultation, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.