Senior Home Safety in Salisbury NC
Many aging seniors are choosing to remain living their lives out in the comfort of their own home rather than go to an assisted living facility or nursing home. If your loved one has expressed to you that they wish to remain at home, here are some safety tips you should consider for the senior.
Safety Tip #1: Smoke detectors.
Most of the time smoke detectors remain undetected in our homes as we go about our lives until the battery runs low and it decides to make some awful ear piercing noise at some inopportune time, usually in the middle of the night. As inconvenient as they may be from time to time, they could just very well save your life in the event of a fire, especially if a fire starts when you are asleep.
Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and the batteries replaced every six months.
Safety Tip #2: Stair lifts.
If your elderly loved one is having difficulty maintaining their balance or the strength in their legs has diminished considerably, you may want to consider investing in a stair lift. There are a wide variety of stair lifts available that are affordable which could decrease the risk of your loved one falling and becoming seriously injured while trying to get to different levels of the house.
Safety Tip #3: Grab bars.
The bathroom is considered one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. Mostly because as surfaces become wet, they can also become very slippery. Installing grab bars in the shower or tub surround is a great way to prevent slip and fall accidents should the senior start to lose their balance.
The senior with balance issues will also feel more confident stepping into and out of the shower knowing they can steady themselves with the grab bars.
Grab bars can also be used around the toilet area to help seniors lower themselves to the seat and back up safely.
Safety Tip #4: Lighting
As people age their eyesight will often decline. Having proper lighting throughout the home is essential to ensure senior home safety. From the kitchen to the stairways to the halls, all of these areas and more require adequate lighting to help prevent stumbling and other mishaps.
These are just a few tips to consider when prepping the home for senior safety.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Salisbury NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 207-0265
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