For seniors, staying healthy and independent starts with home safety. It’s easy to make changes to the home environment to help seniors avoid hazards that could send them to the emergency room. Fawcett Memorial Hospital’s physicians are a great source of information about senior care techniques, so be sure to ask for advice during your next appointment. Here are some easy tweaks you can make at home to help keep yourself or your senior loved one safe.
It’s not easy for anyone to navigate dark rooms and hallways, but it can be even tougher for seniors, who may be facing changing with their vision. To make things safer, install night lights in bedrooms and hallways. Add additional task lighting as needed throughout the home. Extra light can help prevent falls and can even reduce eyestrain for activities like reading. Install light switches by the entranceways of all rooms so they’re easy to reach. Choose 100-200 watt bulbs for most lamps.
Remove Trip Hazards
Falling is one of the biggest at-home risks seniors face. You can greatly reduce that risk by removing trip hazards in the home. Start by taping down the edges of mats and area rugs so they don’t pose a risk. Keep cords out of walkways and try to bind them together so they’re not scattered. Make sure all walkways are clear, and set up furniture so that there are wide pathways throughout each room.
Check Warning Systems
It’s important to make sure that all fire alarms function properly. Change the batteries every time you change the clocks so it is easy to remember. You or your loved one can also benefit from having carbon monoxide detectors that will sound an alarm if dangerous levels of carbon monoxide are detected.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital has the senior care services you need, from emergency care to outpatient rehab. For a referral to a physician or to find out about all of the senior care services at our Port Charlotte hospital, please call (888) 685-1599.