- Minimize the temptation to reach. In the kitchen, keep frequently used items (food, appliances, etc.) within easy reach. In the bathroom, keep towels, toiletries, etc. within easy reach.
- Minimize or eliminate the use of throw rugs. If using rugs, use non-slip backing.
- Minimize unnecessary standing in the bathroom. Install a showerhead that can be used while sitting, along with a shower seat. Less standing means less risk of a fall.
- Install shower grab bars along walls and non-slip stickers (appliqués) or a mat in the tub.
- Keep floors dry. Make sure drains are flowing properly to avoid overflows from backups.
- Use photosensitive nightlights along hallways, stairwells, and in the bathroom.
- Avoid using candles in the bathroom as air fresheners because of the risk of fire.
- Minimize the risk of accidental scalding at sinks and the tub. (The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends a water temperature of no greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Recognize and minimize non-environmental risks, such as poor physical health, untreated vision problems, and side effects of some medications.
- Finally, remember that every situation calls for unique measures to prevent falls and ensure bathroom safety.
Senior Safety: 10 Tips to Make a Senior’s Home Safer
Posted by shnc on April 6, 2012