Living alone at home poses risks for even the most capable of elderly people. And while retirement communities offer great care for aging people, sometimes the best thing for your loved ones is to stay in their own home. And fortunately, there are ways to make a home safe for aging people.
Here are some tips on how to make a home safer for aging people.
Enhance the amount of light in the house, especially in walkways. Plug in “night lights” in the walls for use of the bathroom, stairwell and hallways at night. Also increase the brightness in your everyday lights, don’t make them dim. This will prevent them from falling or slipping at night time.
Want to take it a step further? Install motion sensor lights in hallways and bathrooms. That way, you or your loved one will not have to fumble around for a light at night.
Keep your floors covered with rugs and carpets in the walkways. This will create more friction and prevent falls. Make sure you anchor rugs securely to the floor or install a rug pad so that they don’t move or slide.
Make bathrooms fall-proof. Grab bars are good in the shower or bathtub, as well as next to the toilet and the sink. These can help prevent many slips in the bathroom. Shower benches also help prevent slips and falls.
There are a variety of medical response systems available for aging people who live alone. In the event of an emergency or a fall, you can press a button to contact emergency services and get help.
Installing a bed rail will help prevent incidents from occurring while getting into and out of bed.
Unfortunately, burglars see elderly people as an easy target. A home security system will add a layer of protection to help keep you or your loved ones safe from harm. A comprehensive home security system adds that extra bit of comfort and peace of mind you need.
Following these tips can help ensure a safe and comfortable lifestyle for aging individuals, as well as the rest of the family. At Sonitrol, your family’s safety is our number one priority.
Interested in a home security options for you or a loved one? Contact Sonitrol today and we can help find the best home security system for you!