How to Make Homes Safer for Seniors

How to Make Homes Safer for SeniorsWhen adults reach their senior years, their senses and reflexes aren’t as keen as they used to be at their prime. With this decline in alertness comes the risk of day to day activities becoming hazardous. Even in their own homes, older adults can hurt themselves, particularly in slippery bathrooms, fire-prone kitchens and steep staircases.
To prevent accidents, follow these tips to make homes safer for senior citizens:
LIVING ROOMS
• Remove extension cords, throw rugs and other tripping hazards
• Use light sensitive night lights in unlit stairwells and hallways.
• Place light switches at doors to prevent walking in the dark.
• Install smoke alarms in every room and test the batteries regularly.
KITCHENS
• Use heating elements that shut off such as electric burners on the stove.
• Keep fire extinguishers handy.
• Only use sturdy step stools with handles and use poles for reaching.
• Keep vents clean of grease.
BATHROOMS
• Install grab bars.
• Install higher toilets to assist in standing and sitting.
• Apply non-slip strips to bathtubs.
• Use shower seats with back and portable shower heads.
For more senior safety tips, be sure to read the whole article here.

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