Safety Tips for Seniors at Home
As a senior, you may find that your body doesn’t react the way it used to and that there are some rather surprising hazards that pop up, especially when you’re at home. You may also find your mind is not as sharp as it once was, and that you’re a little more forgetful. These tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe at home, and ensure that you stay out of harms way in every way possible.
As a senior, a fall can be a major set back, so fall prevention is key.
- Remove obstacles that might be tripping hazards, especially in the dark.
- Line rugs with non-slip material to make sure you don’t fall over them.
- Always illuminate wherever you are walking. At night, make sure that there is enough light to see where you are going, and easily identify any obstacles.
- Install grab bars at stairs or in the bathrooms.
- Paint doorsills a different colour to ensure you can see them, and do the same for steps too.
- Make your house as bright as possible.
- Check your eyesight to make sure your vision is at its optimum, as this will also help you enjoy the online bingo Australia has to offer, as well as keeping you safe!.
- Exercise regularly to keep yourself fit and strong- if you do fall you will recover far faster.
- Make sure that your chairs are stable and that any furniture is well balance and cannot tip over with you on it, check both indoor chairs and outdoor benches.
Fires can be caused quite easily in the home, and as you get older this can be a real concern.
- Use a microwave rather than a stove, as it cannot be left on.
- Make sure you have smoke detectors around the house, and check that they have batteries that are working.
- Create a reminder system if you use the oven so you don’t forget to turn it off.
- Always unplug appliances after use.
- Don’t leave food unattended while cooking.
- Always clean up any spills.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case- and know how to use it.
- Put large, easy to see numbers on your house in case you need assistance from emergency services like an ambulance.
- Never leave spare keys in easy to find places.Leave a key with a neighbour that you trust so they can come to your aid if need be, or if you lock yourself out you can gain access again easily.
- Keep your phone nearby at all times, and always take it to bed with you.
- Keep your mobile phone battery charged so you can use it in case of an emergency.
- Always lock your doors and check you have closed all your windows at night.
- Don’t let anyone in, unless you are expecting them or can verify their reason for calling expectedly.
- If someone asks to use your phone ask for the number and call it for them, do not let them in, as they may have ill intent.