As more Minneapolis seniors choose to age at home – growing old in their private residence rather than a nursing facility or assisted living center – they need to first ensure that their house is safe and the proper precautions have already been taken care of. Their generation has helped society today in so many ways and we should always be looking out for them in any way that we can.
There are many ways that we can lend a helping hand to the ones that have done so much for us. Here are a few easy preemptive safety steps to help your older loved ones stay safer at home:
- Remove any loose rugs that are lying around to prevent tripping and slipping hazards. If rugs must be placed on floors than make sure they are tied down with double sided tape. If there is any type of tripping hazards in the home that pose a danger to the citizen than it should be removed. As seniors age, their eye sight tends to get worse so it’s always better to keep things up off the floor.
- If seniors are having a hard time seeing then we can help them out by keeping things lit up in the home. Placing night lights through the hall ways and ensuring that windows are not caged with drapes can help.
- Four wheeled walkers with a seat and brakes are great way to help the elder navigate through their home if they’re having a hard time getting around. They have a seat that is convenient for them if they feel the need to sit down and take a break. The wheels are easily rolled through hard wood floors and carpets, and are generally slip resistant so it adds security and confidence. Not only does the seat and the wheels provide immense mobility, but it has brakes that are attached to the walker to provide even more confidence if they need a stopping point.
- Bath aides are definitely a must when it comes to making the bathroom safe for the elderly. Toilet seat risers, transfer benches and shower chairs are all very helpful when it comes to bathing. Many times, seniors find that they can’t stand in the shower for too long. With a shower chair they can safely take a seat. The shower chairs along with the transfer benches have suction cups on the bottom of them so they add even more security and prevent any slipping.
- An alarm system in the Minneapolis area can be set up for even more added security should someone break into the home. The alarm systems can be set for when they’re at home or even when they’re away, so either way, as long as it’s armed they know that they are safe inside and their house is safe if they’re not home. An alarm system is well worth the investment. Most alarm system companies offer a low monthly rate and work very well if there is ever an intruder.
- By adding a mobile phone or lifeline to the home, it will enable them to feel even more secure when they are by themselves. Should anything ever happen, they have a cell phone handy as well as their lifeline which is worn around their neck. If they have an accident or any kind of life threatening event, it is safely placed around their neck like a necklace and all they would need to do is push the button to call 911. The emergency response team will get the information sent from the lifeline and arrive at the house promptly. This can save their life, and should definitely be considered for senior safety.