Know these important home safety checklist for elders

As the number of adults residing in home and living independently has increased, it enhances the responsibility to make sure they are safe when they are alone at home. You should be well prepared and take appropriate safety measures to keep seniors safe and sound. Falls, burns, theft and poisonings are the most common accidents targeting older people.

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You can prevent these by following these home safety tips:

  • Keep emergency contacts ready -- Always keep a list of emergency numbers by each phone. Write these contacts in large print to be read by elders easily, in case of hurry. Ensure that you provide numbers for.
  • Helplines -- Speed dial to the family or friend in case of emergency

By following these home safety tips you can help keep your loved ones safe

  • Intimate your elders never to smoke when alone in bed
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor
  • Wear comfortable and fitting shoes with low heels
  • When you get up from bed, slowly take time to get balance
  • Avoid walking on slippery floors
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs
  • Wipe up spills promptly
  • Remove electrical wires, cables and cords from walking areas
  • Use cane or walkers to walk near the furniture areas
  • Stairs inside the home should be safe and not slippery
  • Make sure that stairs, hallways, and paths are well lit and clear objects such as books or shoes.
  • Never let a stranger into your home when you are alone

Bathroom Safety

  • Leave a light on in the bathroom at night
  • Put rubber mats to prevent slipping
  • If your elders are having a hard time getting in and out of the tub, or on and off the toilet, ask your provider to help you with special high chair or bench raised toilet seat.
  • It should be possible to open locks from both sides.

Kitchen Safety

  • When elders are cooking, don’t wear loose clothes or clothes with long sleeves
  • Replace appliances with damaged electrical cords
  • Don’t put too many electric cords into one socket or extension cord
  • Keep floors clean and non-slippery
  • Mark ‘on’ and ‘off’ positions on appliances clearly and with bright colours

Drug Safety

  • Ensure that medicines are clearly labeled, specifying the timing of the medicine.
  • Regularly health checkup and review of medicines with doctor
  • Dispose of any old or used medicines