Safety Tips for Home
Check Safety Hazards To Prevent Falls –
First, an initial note here as this post is not Alexa-specific, but I believe is a topic that bears mentioning to the Marvee audience. (We will be adding a checklist to our suite of health and wellness Alexa Skills over the upcoming months too!).
Thirty percent of those over age 65 fall annually (primarily in their own homes, and the chance of falling increases with age). The highest percentage, logically, is with the over-85 group. But there are also many active seniors who stumble or fall as they lose a bit of balance or stumble while recovering from knee or hip replacements. (I remember my mom losing her balance and sliding off the bed after returning home from rotator cuff surgery)
I thought it wise to post the importance of being on guard for safety risks at home.
The NIA recommends the following home safety tips for older adults:
- Remove small throw rugs. Use double-sided adhesive tape to firmly attach any large area rugs.
- Be sure all electrical cords are tacked to the baseboards and out of the way.
- Remove extra furniture that interferes with easy movement between rooms.
- Install handrails and grab bars along stairways, next to the toilet, and in the bath or shower.
- Don’t let clutter pile up on the floor.
- Make sure all rooms have adequate lighting and install night-lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways.
The NIA offers these suggestions to encourage an active lifestyle if you’re caring for an elderly individual:
- If possible, take a daily walk together (walking is good for you as a caregiver, too).
- Let your loved one help with household tasks such as dusting, sweeping, gardening, or raking leaves if he is able.
- If your loved one isn’t mobile, tossing a balloon or soft rubber ball back and forth is a good option. Rubber exercise bands may also be appropriate.
- If walking is difficult, your loved one may enjoy riding a stationary bike, which may also be lower impact on knees and joints.
- Make sure your loved one stays properly hydrated, especially if you are outdoors in warm weather. Offer water, juice, or a sports drink after exercise.
Often we don’t take a look at our home environment until its too late…. after a fall, or upon returning home from a knee or hip replacement or, heaven forbid, something more serious. Whether actively aging in your own home, rehabbing in a short-term stay, or residing in a senior community, take a look around. Walk room by room. Access loose rugs or clutter, and check to see if primary walking or living areas have adequate light. Be safe.