After reading the shocking World Health Organization (WHO) statistic of 424,000 people dying each year from falls.
GC Nexus Group was inspired to create an easy-to-follow guide to help you prevent this from ever happening to your loved one.
Here it is: Tips On How to Safety Proof Your Home!
The high moisture areas with slippery tiles or stone floors are the most hazardous. To prevent trip and falls, place no-slip rugs near the toilet, sink, and shower.
You also want to prevent extra physical strain in your bathrooms, so invest in a raised toilet seat and install a grab bar in the shower for extra stability.
If you have glass door showers, label them with easy-to-see bright tape or decals so your loved one remembers it’s a glass door. It’ll prevent accidental run ins or worse, a sharp glassy slip and fall.
Make sure your loved one has adequate lighting, especially around the cutting board and place all working appliances at waist height. You’ll prevent the physical strain dark high or low reaches may give them.
For the sake of everybody in the house, check if your smoking alarm has fresh batteries.
Bedrooms, Living room, and the Dining Room Safety
Scan your home and tape rugs and loose carpets to the ground. Same goes for securing electric cords. Ensure all cords run along the wall or under the rug so nobody trips. Cover sharp corners on tables and counter tops as they may cut themselves if they do fall.
Installing stair rails that extend beyond the starting and end point of both sides staircase, Make sure the railing could hold a person’s entirely body weight without breaking; a carpenter check this for you and make necessary changes in the railings.
Finally, keep records of all medications, reactions, doctor appointments and be sure to make notes on what works and what doesn’t.
Start or continue to maintain copies of medical records for your loved one, and for yourself, as well.
This way you’ll be prepared for any grievance that should arise or if there are questions about medical histories.
Organize their medicine cabinet and look for expiration dates on all medicine. Check with your doctor about previous medications which are harmful with current prescriptions. You also want to find out which ones are no longer effective as well. Not only will you save space, you might also save a life.
Starlet is professional author for GC Nexus Group, a Elderly caregivers Ontario agency provides professional caregivers throughout Montreal and Toronto in Canada. GC Nexus offers elderly caregiving services live in caregivers, senior caregiver and elderly home care services for your parents and spouses by professional caregivers.