As we age, our homes may pose potential hazards that we may not have considered before. Senior safe proofing your home can help you avoid accidents and ensure that your home remains a safe haven for years to come. It is essential to identify potential hazards and make necessary modifications to reduce the risk of falls and other accidents. Here are some tips for senior safe proofing your home:
Remove Trip Hazards
Remove any loose carpets, rugs, or electrical cords that could cause tripping hazards. You should also ensure that the edges of carpets are secured and that they do not fold over or buckle. If you have pets, keep their toys and food dishes in designated areas to avoid tripping on them. You can also use non-slip mats in areas where the floor may be slippery, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
Install Grab Bars and Handrails
Install grab bars and handrails in areas where you may need extra support, such as in the bathroom or on stairs. This can help prevent falls and make it easier to move around your home. Ensure that the grab bars and handrails are properly secured and can support your weight. You can also install handrails on both sides of the staircase to provide support and stability when going up and down the stairs.
Install Adequate Lighting
Install bright, adequate lighting throughout your home, especially in hallways, stairways, and entryways. Use nightlights in bedrooms and bathrooms to help you navigate your home safely in the dark. Ensure that light switches are easily accessible and that light fixtures are properly installed and in good condition.
Remove Door Sills and Thresholds
Remove door sills and thresholds or install ramps to make it easier to move around your home in a wheelchair or with a walker. Ensure that the ramps are properly installed and are slip-resistant. If you use a wheelchair or a walker, ensure that there is enough clearance to move around easily.
Secure Loose or Unstable Furniture
Secure loose or unstable furniture to prevent it from toppling over and causing injury. This includes bookcases, dressers, and other heavy furniture. You can also use furniture anchors or wall straps to secure furniture to the wall.
Declutter Your Home
Declutter your home to reduce the risk of tripping or falling. Consider getting rid of unnecessary items or furniture that may take up valuable space. Ensure that there is enough space to move around easily and that there are no obstacles in your path.
Senior Proof Your Home with Freedom Mobility Solutions
When it comes to safe proofing homes for seniors, there’s no one better to help than the experts at Freedom Mobility Solutions. We care deeply about the safety of our patrons, especially our seniors, and that’s why our certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) take the time to carefully evaluate the needs of our senior customers and develop a home design plan that best suits their needs. Start safe proofing your home now by contacting us today.