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20
FEB
2016

5 Tips For A Safe Home Environment in Retirement Communities

Seniors Safety Tips in Retirement Communities

R-2-20 - Elderly Women Cooking At Our 55+ CommunitiesAs people age, creating a safe environment at home becomes more of a concern, even if you live in a retirement community. This is because you don’t want to have any obstacles that jeopardize your safety and health. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can eliminate potential risk factors and dangers to your health and happiness. Whether you live on your own or in a senior housing community, take a look below at a few simple adjustments you can make to protect your wellbeing.

1. Prevent Falls

Falls are the number one cause of senior injury and can even be fatal. To help reduce the chance of falling here are few ways that you can “fall-proof” your home.

  • Remove clutter or safety hazards – this includes floor rugs (unless they are taped down).
  • Arrange furniture so you have enough room to walk
  • Exercise if you are able to
  • Use a cane a walker if needed
  • Don’t rush to the phone or door
  • Get a medical alert bracelet or necklace

2. Prevent Poisoning

Never use a stove to heat your home. This can give off carbon monoxide gas, which is odorless. Also, but sure to have carbon monoxide detector installed near your bedroom.

3. Manage Medications

Taking the right medication at the right time is important. If you are worried about this, there are many options you can look into such as a medication reminder, pill dispenser or tab safe dispenser. Your doctor can also help you with this by labeling the medications. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to make sure that you are taking the meds correctly.

4. Safety Proof the Bathroom

Slips and falls can happen the most in the bathroom. Be sure to avoid dangerous hazards by placing rubber mats in the bathtub and install bars you can grab onto near the shower and toilet.

5. Protect Your Home Against Fires

Another precaution you will want to take is making sure that your home is fire-proof. A few tips to help protect your home against fire are:

  • Install a smoke detector
  • Call 911 if a fire starts
  • Don’t wear long sleeves or scarves when cooking
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Don’t leave candles burning
  • Makes sure heaters are at least 3 feet from anything that can catch fire like a curtain

A Few Other Safety Tips For Retirement Communities

  • Get a medical alert system
  • Keep all emergency numbers on the refrigerator or near the phone
  • Avoid standing on ladders or stools
  • Use a walking aid if needed
  • Wipe up spills right away
  • Always get up slowly
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Get sturdy rails for stairs or other needed areas
  • Quit smoking or never smoke alone to prevent fires
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in your home
  • Make sure your home has good lighting
  • Always keep the doors locked

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