These safety tips can help senior citizens living independently reduce their risk of injury and financial loss.
As we get older, what we used to take for granted takes on added importance. For instance, living independently may not be as feasible as it once was — for a number of reasons. Our thinking might not be as clear as it used to be, our senses may not be as sharp, and our bodies might not be as strong. Any of those conditions can make living independently more difficult and a little riskier. That’s why, if living on your own continues to be important to you, it’s critical to consider some ways you can make your home and your everyday routines safer.
Even the little chores we used to do every day without giving them a second thought can become dangerous as we get older. At an advanced age, slipping and falling in the bathtub or shower can lead to worse than a bruise and a minor scare. Getting lost in thought or forgetting what we’re doing in the kitchen can mean more than a burnt meal or a mess to clean. To prevent the worst-case scenario and keep your home safe for you to live in by yourself, a few simple changes can make a big difference.
For example, installing handrails in your bathroom can help prevent falls that may occur when getting in or out of the tub or shower. No-slip mats on the floor of your bathtub also can make your bathroom safer. In the kitchen, make sure that the tools you use the most are kept within arm’s reach. Having simple, easy-to-use controls on all major kitchen appliances is another important step to take to prevent accidents.
Living on your own is something most people take for granted until they reach the age at which it’s no longer a likely reality. Seniors who want to continue to live independently need to take the time to consider how safe their homes are and what they can do to make them safer. The following guide contains numerous tips for seniors to help ensure their safety at home. Be sure to review it and learn how you can continue to live the life you want.
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Reference: This post is by guest blogger, Brian Lebens of http://broadstreethomecare.com/ (Brian Lebens is Director of Client Services at Broad Street Home Care, where he manages relationships with clinicians, care managers and professionals working with individuals in need of assistance maintaining their independence. A former licensed social worker and healthcare business executive, Lebens combines his 20-plus years of professional experience with a compassionate drive to find solutions for all those in need.)