In most cases, we tend to dismiss putting safety precautions into practice. Take driving for example. Experienced drivers feel pretty comfortable behind the wheel and many take off before fastening their seat belt. As minuscule as this may seem, a severe accident five minutes later shows how much better off that individual would have been by simply strapping themselves in.
Much like the seat belt illustration, we have to make a conscious effort to prepare seniors for the unexpected – especially those who are still living on their own. It’s alarming to think about, but consider what could go wrong within a split-second of not paying attention. Little mishaps could be avoided by implementing the following:
No matter you’re age or abilities, looks are always deceiving in the dark! That’s why lighting is so crucial. Ensure that there is proper lighting near staircases, in the basement, kitchen and frankly throughout the house. The better your loved ones can see, the better off they’ll be!
Handrails are common on staircases in homes, but there’s a strong chance that you’ll need more handrails placed strategically around the house. Be sure to place one in the shower and/or bathtub. Slippery surfaces are major hazards.
No one ever expects a fire to break out, but when it does, you’ll want to have a fire alarm installed in your home. Depending on how advanced the alarm, features could include a notification system that alerts emergency responders fast.
For decades, smoke detectors have picked up a bad reputation for false alarms. So why would you want one installed if it’s only going to inform you that your dinner was overcooked? Smoke detectors have advanced and react less to small incidents than their predecessors. Some newer models have the capability to alert you when it needs to be cleaned in order to operate at it’s best.
Instead of rushing someone to the emergency room from being overheated, make sure the vents in the home are thoroughly checked and cleaned. Hire a professional to ensure that the ventilation is up to code to lessen accidents.
Patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s or even autism have been known to wander. Several of these episodes may not have occurred if the doors in the building were locked. Test the locks on the doors and windows of the home. Over time, screws come loose and depending on how old the lock is, it may not work to the level of proficiency that it did years prior. Also, try examining the level of difficulty to get inside or outside.
Although the list above mentions a number of ways to protect your loved ones, there are dozen more! So whether you’re a family member, friend or caregiver, pay close attention to everyday circumstances – no matter how small they seem. You’ll gradually develop even more methods to stay safe indoors. Sometimes, it’s the little adjustments that have the hugest impact.