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Ensuring Home Safety for Seniors

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It’s true that with advancements in health, people are living longer than ever before. Many seniors today are living active, robust lives.
As we get older our bodies change. We move a little slower, don’t see quite as well and our bodies begin to lose some of the core strength needed to maintain balance. Combined, these changes can lead to accidents such as falls, breaks and sprains. Safety for seniors and fall prevention for the elderly is important. There are plenty of things you can do now so you can continue to live a healthy and active lifestyle for a very long time.
CREATE A SAFE HOME
So you can continue to enjoy the independence of living in your own home, create a home safety checklist. Start by walking through your home looking for potential area that are or could become a safety hazard. Pay attention to things such as stairs, loose electrical cords, slippery areas (particularly the bathroom), and dimly lit areas. Although accidents are unintentional, there are still many things you can do to prevent them from occurring and promote seniors’ safety.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING FALLS:
Install handrails that run the entire length of the stairs on both sides of the staircase.
Add automated lighting to light up rooms as you enter.
Install grab bars in the shower, tub and near the toilet.
Keep the stairs and open areas clear.
Use double sided tape to keep small rugs down.
Don’t leave anything wet on the floor.
Fix any broken or chipped steps, tiles, or flooring.
TIPS TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR SENIORS
Lighting: It’s easy to think you can feel you’re way in the dark. Better, to light the way. Best, use automated lights. Some will turn on when you enter a room. Set them to go on when you’re not home to make it look like your home is occupied.
Monitoring devices: Alarms such as fire, temperature and carbon monoxide detectors, warn you at the first sign of danger. It is important to check them at least twice a year to make sure they are properly working.
Communication: Systems like a Medical Alert system will let you enjoy the benefits and freedom of independent living, with the knowledge that should there be an accident or emergency, help is just the push of a button away.
Stay active and live life on your terms. To ensure things remain that way, take necessary steps now to ensure you’ve minimize as many potential risks as possible.

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When medication is needed regularly, it is easy to get disorganized. Stay safe by ensuring that the medicine cabinet is organized, and all medications are in the correct container. This will prevent seniors from confusing pills and dosages. It’s worth going through medicine cabinets at least once a year to get rid of any expired medication. Most importantly, ensure medicine is always taken in a well-lit area to avoid any mix ups.
If seniors have any little ones or grandchildren coming over to visit, make sure medicine is stored in a child-proof area so everyone can rest easy. If you want to make it super secure, consider installing an asset protection device on your medicine cabinet, this device will immediately send an alert text or call whenever the cabinet is opened.
Sometimes all you need is a helping hand. (-Article courtesy: ATD Security)


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