Dangers inside the home add up over time, making it easier for older adults to trip, fall, and hurt themselves. Falls are a top reason why seniors lose independence and mobility. That’s why it’s so important to make their homes as hazard-free as possible.

Safety updates can improve your loved ones’:

–       Self-sufficiency

–       Self-reliance

–       Mobility

–       Security

–       Comfort & Convenience

Here are some simple tips to improve their safety:

1.     Are paths in the home clear and unobstructed? Remove any clutter or decorative items along pathways between furniture and fixtures. Remove or secure the edges of area rugs that shoes or bare feet can get caught up on.

2.     Is there automatic night lighting near the bed and from the bed to the bathroom? Get simple, inexpensive plug-in nightlights that automatically turn on when the area is dim.

3.     Are there properly installed grab bars and toilet safety add-ons? Avoid anything suction-based!

4.     Are there slippery bath mats outside tubs or showers? Remove all traditional bath mats or rugs. Those are very dangerous! To soak up water after a shower or bath, try a low profile, non-slip kitchen mat.

5.     Are tubs or shower floors non-slip? Some non-slip spray treatments are highly rated and work better than stick-on products that will eventually come off. Permanent stick-on non-slip strips are better than removable suction mats. After a while, mats get mildew-y and slippery.

6.     Is there an adjustable hand-held showerhead? These convenient showerheads give your loved one the option to sit safely while showering. They’re also quick and easy to install.

7.     Is there a shower bench or chair? Think about it. This is easy with no installation required.

8.     In the bedroom, can they reach items in the closet and drawers easily? Move frequently worn clothing to places where it’s easiest to access. Avoid putting things on high shelves, the closet floor, or in drawers that are hard to open.

9.     In the kitchen, are often-used items within easy reach? Move frequently used items to within easy arm’s reach. This is a good time to get rid of some kitchen clutter, too!

These safety updates are quick and simple. Many don’t even require any tools or installation.

Your older adult will probably insist that they can and will take care of these items themselves, but let’s face it, they’ve already had plenty of time and nothing has changed.

Even if you have to insist on doing it for them (or do it secretly as a “surprise”), making these fixes is a wise move than can prevent terrible accidents. Even if they won’t admit it, they will be relieved to have these chores off their mind.