How to Create Safe Spaces for the Elderly

February 17, 2017
by Andrew Ainsworth

The info below was submitted by Jess Walter, a freelance finance writer, along with a small seniors resource to write a complete guide on how to make sure a home is safe and senior friendly.

Falling is one of the leading causes of death and serious injury among elderly people, with most accidents occurring at homes. As aging occurs, physical and mental faculties diminish making it hard to react in a timely manner to obstacles within the house. When accidents occur, it takes longer for an elderly person’s body to heal. For these reasons, making some changes in and around the home can make a big difference to the lives of seniors occupying these areas. By refurbishing homes to improve the safety of the elderly, injuries and loss of life can be prevented to a great extent.

Before you can make alterations, it is essential to identify potential hazards within the home. Go around the house and assess the presence of safety threats. Check stairs, carpets, handrails, lighting systems, bathrooms, appliances and floors. Carry out repairs where needed and install safety infrastructure such as grab bars, alarm systems, smoke detectors and the like. A comprehensive safety checklist is available in this article to guide you in senior proofing homes.

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