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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

If you are an elder citizen (senior) or you have aging relatives, here are some good tips for making their homes as safe as possible. I urge you to help seniors continue to live independently as long as possible.

  • Take up the area rugs or scatter rugs so that you don't trip or fall. Use wall-to-wall carpeting for greatest safety.

  • Keep all traffic lanes open and free of clutter. It won't hurt to make them a little wider than normal too.

  • Install grab bars near heavily used doors such as the front door and all bathrooms.

  • Put a handrail on both sides of the staircase, not just one side. Extend the handrail for at least 6" beyond the steps.

  • Practice getting out of the apartment, condo or home. Know where the fire exits are located if you are in a building.

  • Watch out for glare, but be sure you have plenty of light. Use film, draperies, blinds or shutters to control glare.

  • Install an anti-scald device in the shower or tub.

  • Place a grab bar near the entry to the tub or shower.

  • Purchase a toilet seat with arm rests. They fit down into the ordinary seat. Since the height is raised, it makes it easier to get up and down when using the toilet in a seated position.

  • Consider installing counter tops that are positioned at two levels: one for standing and one for sitting. Pain can make standing in the kitchen difficult for many people.

  • Change out the door knobs to large levers or pulls. This makes it easier for arthritic hands to open and shut the door.

  • Make sure all seating in the home is sturdy and secure, especially if you are carrying extra weight.

  • Place a cane in every room, so that if you fall and can't get up, you can scoot on your bottom to the cane for help.

  • Remove anything hanging on the wall behind the stove. Reaching for something can be dangerous.

  • Use nonglare, light-to-medium colors on countertops and appliances. Never use black as the glare will be terrible.

  • Make your walls a different color from the carpeting so there is no problem distinguishing between the two.

The U.S. Census Bureau has reported that by the year 2050, those over 65 will rise from 35 million to 67.5 million. Home builders should take heed. Seniors need larger traffic lanes to accommodate wheelchairs and canes. But while we wait for construction to begin to plan for seniors, you can make your own steps to providing a home for yourself or a senior you love that is save, comfortable, accessible and peaceful.


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