June is National Safety Month and a great time to brush up on the dos
and don’ts (do: keep hallways and stairwells free of clutter; don’t:
lift heavy things above your head) that keep the entire household safe.
many people tend to have more time to visit with their senior loved
ones during the summer, it’s also a good reminder to conduct your annual
home safety check of your senior’s home. Annual, you ask?
a matter of fact, in a recent survey of ER doctors, 100% of them said
it’s very important for adult children to take one day each year to
perform a safety check of their aging parents’ homes and that 48% of
home accidents experienced by seniors are avoidable.
The needs and
abilities of seniors can change fast. Keeping up with modifications
that make their homes safer could be the difference between them
continuing to be able to live at home or having to move into a care
Common home safety concerns for seniors are:
• Tripping hazards
• Bathrooms without assistive equipment
• Storage too high or too low
Some simple and relatively inexpensive modifications include:
are many more ways to help ensure your senior is safe at home. At Home
Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon, we have recently launched
the Making Home Safer for Seniors program, which includes lots of free
resources, including an interactive Home Safety Guide, a downloadable Home Safety Checklist and a dedicated website to help with this process.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
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