Home Safety Tips for Seniors and Caregivers
If you are caring for a senior in your home, congratulations to you! To help you safeguard your home and your loved one, take note of the following tips:
Home Safety: Homeowner
- Install a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
- Remove or fix all loose rugs.
- Remove electrical or telephone cords from passage areas.
- Don’t treat floors with slippery polish.
- Clean any spills on a floor immediately.
- Have strong rails for all stairs or install a stair-lift.
- Use non-glare 100 watt or brighter bulbs, especially on stair cases with switches top and bottom.
- Stairs should be non-slip.
Home Safety: General Safety for Seniors
- If you smoke be extremely cautious and never smoke when alone or in bed.
- When you get up from sitting or lying down, do it slowly. Be sure to have your balance before letting go.
- Wear shoes that fit well, aren’t slippery and has low heals.
- Make sure your walking aid is correctly measured.
- Don’t use ladders or climb on a chair.
Home Safety: Bathroom
- Keep a light on in your bathroom throughout the night.
- Use securely installed aids on the walls of the bath/shower and near the toilet.
- Slip-proof the bath and use bath mat with non-slip bottom.
- Have clearly marked cold and hot taps.
- Bathing should only happen when help is available.
Home Safety: Kitchen
- Keep floors clean and dry.
- light up work areas.
- Clearly mark “on” and “off” positions on appliances.
- Store sharp knives in a rack.
- Use a kettle that switches off automatically.
- Check expiry dates of food regularly.
Home Safety: Drug Safety for caregivers and seniors
- Examine medicines continually with a doctor or pharmacist.
- Medicines should be clearly labeled.
- Read medicine labels in good light and always use the correct dosage.
- Get rid of expired medicines.
- Never take prescribed medication from someone else.
- Avoid mixing alcohol and your medication.
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using non-prescribed and prescription drugs.