For a person of advanced age or someone with limited mobility just getting around their home can be a real challenge. Every year a large number of elderly ones are injured due to a slip or fall that has taken place in their own home. Here are just some of the areas to check in the home that could cause an accident:
Firstly, it’s a good idea to have a walk through the home and imagine what it would be like to get around if you have limited mobility. Are there any high-risk areas? One of the most common high-risk areas is the bathroom where slipping and falling are very common. Check that the bathroom is equipped with sufficient grab bars and anti-slip mats located both inside and outside the shower or tub.
If the home has stairs, this can be another high-risk area for accidents. Again, make sure there are sturdy handrails on both sides of the stairs and check that stair carpeting is not loose, in fact, it’s a good idea to check all carpeting in the home to ensure there are no loose areas, also any rugs should have a good rubber backing.
Corded appliances can be another problem area. If their cords stretch across walk through areas or have been placed underneath rugs, etc. they can become, not just a tripping hazard but also a fire risk. Try to fix cords against walls to keep them out of the way. It may even be best to rearrange furniture so that any electrical appliances are positioned next to an electrical outlet.
We know how important it is to keep our elderly loved ones safe while they are at home. These few suggestions will help in minimizing the risk of accidents.