Senior Safety At Home

Security for the seniors should be a priority for all. There is need to remove anything that can cause slips or falls at home. This involves arranging furniture to create enough room for walking. Floors should be clean, dry, uncluttered, and carpeted to avoid slips or falls. Outdoors, stairway, indoors, hallways, and working areas should be well lit and illuminated to improve the view and ease movement (Whitmarsh & Coverson, 2015). Additionally, walkways should be smooth and free from ice while stairs should have railings and non-slip adhesive strips (National Safety Council, 2015). We should apply recommended bath aids and help the elderly to bathe where possible. The bathrooms ought to have door locks opened from both sides, grab bars, non-skid mats, and faucets visibly marked cold and hot (National Safety Council, 2015). The bath mats must have non-slip bottoms, and the bathroom light should always be on at night.

In the kitchen, appliances should have “on” and “off” positions marked clearly and hazardous items stored separately from food. We should also avoid putting on long and loose clothes while in the kitchen. Heavier items should be stored at waist level while knives should stay in racks. Rotate and watch food regularly and confirm expiry dates. Provide a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and repair exposed hot-water pipes (Whitmarsh & Coverson, 2015).

Quite often, the elderly are under medication. To guarantee their security in this context, we should ensure clear labeling of the medicines and guarantee the right medicine with a correct dosage. We should always dispose used medicines and consult a physician when reviewing or giving new medicines to the elderly. To foster stability at home, we should offer personal walking devices to the elderly (National Safety Council, 2015). These measures will help in guaranteeing the seniors? safety at home.

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