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By: Elizabeth Bemis on September 11th, 2012

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Do it Yourself Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

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Safety Tips to Remember

Most senior citizens feel comfortable in their own homes or senior living communities. However, this comfort can also lead to a reduced awareness of hazards that can lead to a painful injury. By taking the time to increase the safety of your home you will help prevent injuries to yourself and your loved ones. 

Here are some simple, affordable ways you can reduce the risk of falls and other injuries in your home or assisted living community in CT:

Bathroom Safety

The bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas of any home, thanks to the slippery surfaces that can cause falls and small space that makes it tough to move around safely. You can improve the safety and comfort of your bathroom by:

  • Installing a 'comfort height' toilet that makes it easier to sit and stand.
  • Replacing your bathtub with a walk-in shower and a bathing seat.
  • Place non-skid strips on the floor of your tub or shower.
  • Use a hand-held lightweight shower head to make bathing and cleaning easier.
  • Replace your old faucets with temperature-controlled faucets to prevent scalding burns.
  • Add a motion-sensor light or night light to your bathroom for added safety at night.
  • Install grab bars throughout the room, which can also serve as towel racks. 

Kitchen Safety

Many seniors enjoy spending time in the kitchen during their retirement years. To keep cooks safe:

  • Install and regularly maintain a high-quality smoke detector that has a 'hush' feature to temporarily silence false alarms. 
  • Replace old, worn-out appliances with new models to reduce the risk of shock or electrical fires.
  • Regularly clean out vents and grease traps.
  • Keep both a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Move heavy dishes and pots to lower cabinets that are easier to reach.
  • Invest in appliances that shut off automatically, such as induction stovetops and kettles that can't be boiled dry.

General Home Safety

  • Remove any tripping hazards like loose area rugs, uneven floorboards, or extension cords.
  • Place motion-activated lights throughout your home to improve visibility.
  • Use timers to turn lights on at dusk.
  • Purchase battery-backup lighting that is activated during a power outage.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times - many break-ins occur during daylight hours.
  • Maintain an emergency supply of food and water along with a week's worth of any prescription medications.

Key Takeaways:

By following these simple tips, seniors can reduce their risk of falls and other injuries in their own homes.

  • Make upgrades to the bathroom to prevent falls.
  • Be aware of potential hazaards in the kitchen, especially when cooking.
  • Take precautionary measures around the home to prepare for possible problems.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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