As seniors self-isolate in their own homes to protect themselves from the Coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to make their homes safe.
Here are 3 easy ways to increase senior home safety.
More than one in three seniors fall each and every year, and the rate is rising. Falls are the leading cause of injury to older adults and the leading cause of broken hips and deaths due to injury. The good news is, they’re also one of the most preventable forms of injury. There’s a lot you can do to prevent falling in your own home. Here are 5 effective steps you can take to prevent falling:
- Place grab bars by each toilet and in all showers and bathtubs
- Place slip proof mats or grip tape in all showers and bath tubs
- Remove tripping hazards (area rugs, electrical cords, low planters, etc…)
- Improve lighting (especially by stairwells, and corridors to the bathroom and kitchen)
- Wear proper footwear (no heels, no slippers that aren’t secured tightly to your heel)
Despite our best efforts, accidents still happen. However, getting help quickly in the event of a medical emergency is one of the most important things you can do to prevent a small injury from evolving into a more severe one. Medical alert systems (also known as life alert systems or personal emergency response systems) can play a key role in getting help quickly. Medical alert system reviews reveal they can help seniors in the following ways:
- Mobile medical alerts come with GPS, so you can be located anywhere
- Medical alerts are easier to use than phones – one button and help is on its way
- Medical alert systems can come with fall detection, which call for help, even if you can’t
- Medical alert systems are water proof, so they can be worn in the shower or bath
- Affordable compared to paid caregiving or senior homes
Unfortunately, seniors living alone tend be targets of theft, fraud, abuse and neglect. There are several reasons for this. First, anyone who is isolated, tends to be more vulnerable. Second, seniors tend to be more trusting as they age. Thirdly, many seniors suffer from cognitive decline, making them easy targets. Here are a few things seniors and / or family members can do to deter bad actors:
- Get a video doorbell – don’t open your door before seeing who’s there and using the intercom. Video deters bad actors
- Get an indoor video camera with audio to let those who might be taking care of you know their being watched
- Get a home security system to protect your home and yourself, and to monitor who and when people are coming and going.