Older people are the ones more prone to injuries and accidents. Not only do they have weaker eyesight and hearing, they are also starting to lose their balance, flexibility, and body coordination. Because of this, it is very important to keep your home safe, especially if older people are visiting or staying with you.
Whether you are moving into a new house or are already residing in one with one or more leders, it is best to ensure that your house comes with safety features to ensure that your home is safe and accident-free for older people. Below are some tips on how to make your house safe for elders.
- Have handicap bar grabs installed in the bathrooms of your house. These bars are bathroom bars specifically designed to provide support and maintain stability primarily to elders and disabled users. They help bathroom users get up and sit down on toilet seats and stand properly on shower areas, preventing further injury and other accidents. They are easy to install, use, and clean, making them beneficial to elder users or people with disabilities
- Opt for safety bed rails. Safety bed rails are safety devices designed to be installed at one or all sides of the bed to protect a child or an elderly and prevent him from falling off the bed while he is sleeping. They serve as small walls that secure the person in his bed. They are especially useful for individuals who constantly turn around or move in different positions while sleeping. Every household with children and/or elders should have bed rails to ensure their safety at all times.
- Check all electrical wirings and ensure that no loose wires are reachable. Make sure that outlets are covered so they cannot be touched by the finger or any pointed object.
- Deal with loose rugs, mats, wires, and hose that could trip old people, or anything else that could pose a safety hazard. Install comfort and safety devices in the bathroom, including non-slip tub mats, shower seats, and non-skid rugs to prevent older people from tripping over them.
- Install night lights in bedrooms and hallways to help elders see in the dark and lessen the possibility of them tripping or falling. Make sure that pathways are clear of extension cords and other hazards.
These are just some ways on how to build and customize a house that is safe for older people. By following these safety precautions, you are preventing them from suffering from falls, injuries, and other health hazards.