While living alone can provide elders with more autonomy and liberty, it brings safety risks such as abuse of medication, malnutrition, injury, and others. The next home security tips can help keep you and your loved ones secure:
If you have trouble with walking or balance or have fallen before, consider using always a cane or a walker rather than holding onto walls and furniture. Never forget to carry a cell phone to call emergency services or purchase an alarm that you can put on as a bracelet or necklace in case you fall and can’t reach the phone. Wear non-slip footwear to avoid falling while walking on smooth floors.
Get rid of any old or used drugs and Keep all new drugs in their original containers so you don’t combine them. Read medication labels in good light to make sure you have the right medication and always take the correct amount. Never use prescription drugs from others.
Bathroom safety is a necessary element of home safety for aged people. The mixture of water, soap and hard surfaces needs attentive care. Use recommended bath aids and anti-slip bath mat. Ensure that door locks are opened from both sides. Mark cold and hot valves clearly and avoid scalds by fixing water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Hallways and Rooms Safety
Many elders have vision’ troubles and cannot see things as clearly as in their young age. Having well-lit corridors and rooms is as well a good protective measure.
Clean up right away any liquid, grease, or food dropped on the floor. Avoid standing on chairs or boxes to reach high placed shelves and stock up food and cooking equipment at easy-to-reach shelves.
Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers
Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are necessary for preventing fires and controlling them. Put a smoke detector and fire extinguisher on every floor and check them frequently to make sure that they function well.
Avoid Dangerous Housework
Seniors shouldn’t carry out hazardous work around the house like getting up on a stepladder or lifting heavy objects. If you are elder and living alone never combine bleach, ammonia, or other cleaning liquids together when you are doing house work. When combined, cleaning liquids can make deadly gases.