Senior home safety is a primary concern for many family members who have a parent or loved who is trying to navigate an independent lifestyle at home. As we age, it can become difficult to navigate or complete some tasks comfortably. On the opposite end, as our home ages, it generally requires additional maintenance, upgrades, and overall improvements.
Making changes and adjustments to the house can aid in making the home a safer, more comfortable space. It can also make it easier for your loved one to complete their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) and maintain their independence. At HarborChase Senior Living, we know that homeownership can come with a few woes, but we also know how rewarding it can be. We want to give you a few tips to make your parent or loved one’s home life a better, safer experience.
Safety Tip #1: Loose Railings
The National Council on Aging states that one in four Americans 65 years or older will fall this year, with an average of a fall occurring every 11 seconds. While climbing stairs may pose an issue, loose railings can result directly in an accident. Be sure that all the screws or bolts in the railing are tightened, as they can loosen over time.
Safety Tip #2: Furniture and Clutter
Another possible issue for senior home safety can be bulky furniture and clutter. If your parent or loved one’s home is full of clutter or large pieces of furniture, it can make navigation through the house more challenging. Rearranging or removing large pieces of furniture, as well as clearing away items that hinder walkways can alleviate fall risks.
Safety Tip #3: Smoke Detectors
The U.S. Fire Administration states that you should replace a fire alarm ten years from its manufacturing date. According to the study, more than one-third of fires that lead to serious harm are due to a lack of functioning fire alarms in a home. Defective or non-functioning fire alarms can pose a significant concern for senior home safety.
Be sure to inspect every fire alarm in the home and look for the manufacture date, which will require you to remove the alarm itself and look at the back of it for the date. For added senior home safety, you can purchase a connected alarm system, where if one alarm goes off, they all go off.
Safety Tip #4: Bathroom Safety
After a shower or bath, the floors can be wet and prove to be a serious fall risk. For older adults, getting in or out of the shower or bathtub can prove to be a risk as well. Buying shower mats and installing grab bars in the shower or near the toilet can provide ample home safety for a senior - allowing them to maintain their independence longer.
Safety Tip #5: Securing Rugs
If your parent or loved one has rugs throughout their home, make sure they are adequately tucked and safely secured. Carpeting can also pose a senior home safety concern as it can begin to tear and can become a tripping hazard.
If you find yourself worrying about your loved one’s safety, a senior living community may be your next step. HarborChase Senior Living communities can provide your loved one with a safe and vibrant living space. Our communities blend the luxury service of a prestigious hotel with the love and compassion that you would expect from a relative or close friend.
HarborChase is the perfect option for those seeking a safe and beautiful home where they can maintain their independence. We invite you to find your parent or loved one’s ideal HarborChase community here!