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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.




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