Home Safety Tips

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Home-Safety


Each year, thousands of older and/or disabled Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix.

  • When an elderly person falls, their hospital stays are almost twice as long than those of elderly patients who are admitted for any other reason.
  • The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than men.
  • Annually, falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65.
  • Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.
  • Approximately 9,500 deaths in older Americans are associated with falls each year.
  • More than half of all fatal falls involve people age 75 or over.
  • Among people aged 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number increases to one out of every 10 for those aged 85 and older.
  • One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of the injury.
  • The most profound effect of falling is the loss of functioning associated with independent living.

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Below are a few things to consider to keep your loved ones safe:


Home Interior

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  • Stairs are obstruction free and have rails on both walls
  • Fire extinguishers are available and smoke detectors are working
  • There is adequate lighting throughout the home
  • Safe use of extension cords and safe placement of electrical cords
  • Adequate heat and air
  • Furniture is sturdy and in good repair
  • Door thresholds are safe

Home Exterior

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  • Able to get in and out of the front and back doors safely
  • Able to retrieve mail / newspapers
  • Ramp available or determine if a ramp is needed
  • Stairs are safe and in good repair
  • Railing on stairs is sturdy
  • Proper lighting
  • Debris is removed as needed

Bathroom

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  • Able to safely enter and exit the bathroom
  • Adequate lighting and easy access to switches
  • Night lights
  • Able to get on and off the commode
  • Able to safely transfer in and out of the tub/shower
  • In place: grab bar(s), transfer bench, raised toilet seat, and non-slip mats

Kitchen

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  • Adequate food storage
  • Ability to easily recognize stove is on/off
  • Fire extinguisher available
  • Smoke detectors present and tested every month
  • Able to prepare a meal
  • Frequently used items within reach

Bedroom

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  • Able to get in and out of bed
  • Room for a hospital bed if needed
  • Light switches easily accessible
  • Phone accessible from bed
  • Adequate heat / cool
  • Bedside Commode
  • Flashlight available / kept at the bedside
  • Night lights

Pet Care

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  • Pets are safe underfoot
  • Able to feed pets
  • Able to let pets outside
  • Able to change litter boxes / clean up mishaps
  • Able to provide adequate exercise
  • Able to bathe and groom the pets



Security

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