Housing Safety Needs for the Elderly

Aging can wreak havoc on the body, making even the simplest everyday tasks difficult to perform. Especially if there’s a diagnosed medical issue, the home can become an obstacle. Moving into a nursing home is not ideal for some; most want to stay at home as long as possible. However, keeping safe and making it easier to live in your home is imperative for seniors.

1.) Fire routes should remain clear, with smoke alarms on every floor and outside of bedrooms. Make sure rooms are adequately lit and install intercoms to make it easier to communicate. Place protective screens on fireplaces and exposed hot water pipes, as well.

2.) Bathrooms are prone to accidents with seniors, due to slipping and falling. You’ll need to install handles around the bathroom, such as next to the toilet and bathtub. Nonskid mats on the floor near the tub are helpful, as well. Make sure to purchase a safer toilet frame for stability, as well. As you age, it becomes increasingly difficult to sit down with ease.

3.) Remove raised frames in doorways to reduce tripping hazards. Throw rugs must also be removed for this reason. Add rubber tips to the bottom of canes and walkers, as well.