Home Safety Tips for Seniors
We should feel safest and most comfortable in our own homes. Sadly, this is not the case for some older adults. Their homes may not be as safe as they should be. Therefore, we recommend a room-by-room assessment to determine what changes can be made to improve the safety of your home or the home of an elderly loved one.
- In order to prevent falls you should have at least one step-free entrance into the home.
- Another way to prevent slipping and falling is to place a secure mat or non-slip material just inside the door
- Install secure locks on exterior doors that can’t accidentally lock you in or out of the home.
- Doors should have have lever-style handles, which are easier to use than doorknobs.
- Ensure that there is a bench or a table inside and outside of the door for placing items, in order to avoid juggling packages while unlocking the door.
- Research and consider buying an intercom system and/or a remote keyless entry for additional safety.
- Proper lighting is essential. Ensure that all work areas (stove, countertops, and sink) are well lit.
- Store the most used items in locations that are easy to reach.
- Use easy-to-grasp D-shaped handles rather than knobs on cabinets and drawers.
- Consider installing a lowered countertop that would allow a senior to work from a seated position or a wheelchair.
- Place the stovetop controls near the front so the cook does not have to reach over flames or hot pots.
- Ensure that the controls for the stovetop are easy to see.
- Use a lever-, touch-, or sensor-style faucet rather than one with turn-style knobs or handles.
- The sink faucet should be pressure-balanced, temperature-regulated and kept at or below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place a fire extinguisher within reach of the oven or stove.