As your parents get older, the risk of them being injured in an accident at home increases. For example, falls are a major source of injury for aging adults, and are often preventable. It’s a priority for many seniors to live in the comfort of their own home for as long as they possibly can, and there are a few steps you can take to make sure your parents stay safe.
- Pay attention to the lighting around your parents’ home. Are outdoor walkways well-lit? What about hallways inside the house?
- Help your parents eliminate tripping hazards: take a look around the house and make sure that there are no electrical cords or other objects obstructing hallways, stairs, or other traffic areas.
- Check area rugs and bathmats. Make sure they’re secured with non-slip backing. Also, make sure the surfaces in the showers and bathtubs are non-slip.
- Keep an eye on smoke detectors. Make sure your parent have them, that they’re appropriately placed, and that they’re in working order with fresh batteries. The same is true for carbon monoxide detectors.
- If you fear your parents are at great risk of falling, you may want to install sturdy handrails in bathrooms, in hallways, and especially in stairways. Don’t forget the entrances to the home.
- Make sure your parents can easily access their phone. Ideally, they should have at least one cordless phone.
- Make sure there’s a functioning fire extinguisher easily accessible in the kitchen.