The home is traditionally the safest place for us to be. However, in our older years, the home can become a place filled with unexpected dangers. If you have a parent living at home alone, it’s important that the home is checked for dangers and equipped with the right safety measures. If your loved one is still self-sufficient, follow this simple checklist to ensure their safety and independence.
In the Kitchen
- Keep items that are used regularly on the lower shelves.
- Use memory foam mats in front of the sink to aid in fatigue when washing dishes and prevent slips and falls.
- Purchase a step stool to reach into the cabinets.
- Ensure all appliances are in good working condition.
In the Bathroom
- Place anti-slip mats in front of the bathtub and sink.
- Install grab bars inside and outside of the shower to prevent slips and falls, as well as next to the toilet.
- Place an anti-slip mat in the bottom of the tub or shower.
- Purchase a stool to place inside the shower.
- Keep a separate bin for hair dryers, electric shavers, etc. in the open so your loved one remembers to unplug them and place them away from water.
In the Living Room
- Keep the path free and clear. Remove unnecessary items like plants, statues, lamps and end tables.
- Make sure electrical cords are tucked away.
- Make sure that power strips are not overloaded.
- Keep the items that are most used accessible next to chairs or sofas, such as magazines, books, a telephone and remote control.
- Keep all items off the stairs.
- Have a sturdy railing installed on both sides.
- Install a light over the stairs.
- Evaluate outdoor steps to ensure they are not cracked or uneven.
- Make sure there are locks installed on all doors and that your loved one knows how to use them.
- Check for areas of concern in the yard, such as holes in the fence or dips in the landscaping.
- Install sensor lights around the home.
- Hire a landscaping service to salt the sidewalk and driveway in the winter.
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