Easy Home Safety Tips For Seniors

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When mom was still living on her own at home there was nothing more important to me than to be sure her home was safe and that she was able to remain as independent as she could for as long as she could.

I’ll just say my mom has always been quite “feisty” and this is just one of her many great attributes that I love about her!  She always wants to do things for herself (and does) as her Independence has always been extremely important to her and still is.

Something we can all do to help our seniors remain safe and independent for as long as they can is to ensure their home is as safe as possible and do what we can to help eliminate any potential issues that may cause them harm.

Please see below a list of suggestions….

-Post Emergency Phone Numbers that are easily readable (large print) and place on or near the telephone.  Be sure to include 911 but also have numbers for family members, friends and/or neighbors who can be easily reached, including the Poison Control, Fire and Police Depts are always a good idea too.

-Check medications.  All medications should be in the containers they came in and easily readable. All Prescriptions Meds should be clearly marked with name, doctors directions, contents and expiration date. Dispose of all outdated medications.

-Have at least one fire detector on every level of the home.  Be sure to read and follow carefully directions for installation.  Note: Some Fire Depts will provide assistance in acquiring and installing smoke detectors.   *Remember to test and check batteries every few months.

-Eliminate the use of candles if at all possible to prevent potential fire hazards. Replace them with new battery operated candles which are attractive and can be set to automatically turn on and off.

-Develop an emergency exit plan and practice every now and then.

-Be sure all exits and passage ways are kept clear of obstructions. Rearrange furniture if needed to open up traffic flow areas and passageways for easier entry.  Remove any obstructions such as boxes and clutter.

-Be sure hallways, passageways between rooms, and other heavy traffic areas are well lit.  Use night lights for all areas commonly used during nighttime such as hallways, bathrooms, even the kitchen area.

-Keep operating flashlights easily accessible in most commonly used areas of home in case of power outage.

-Be sure all lamp, extension, and telephone cords are placed out of traffic flow areas.

- For the stairways, check  handrails, the condition of the steps, coverings and also lighting.

-Be sure garage and basements have easy access to light switch and have unobstructed  pathway areas.

-Small rugs and runners must be slip-resistant.  I personally think all area rugs and runners should be taken out of the home for the potential trip and fall hazard is so great.  If however your seniors are opposed to this then please see following suggestions.

1.Remove rugs and runners that tend to slide.
2.Purchase rugs with slip-resistant backing.
3.Place rubber matting under rugs. (Rubber matting that can be cut to size is available.)

-Have a good step stool easily accessible that is sturdy and in good repair.  Get rid of any stools or ladders that are broken, unsteady or unsafe.

-Bathtubs and showers should have non-slip mats or even better, abrasive strips on these slippery surfaces.

-Bathtubs and Showers should have at least one grab bar as they can help with balance while getting into and out of the shower or tub preventing slips and falls.  Check existing grab bars to ensure they are stable and repair or replace if needed.

-Place grab bar next to the commode in bathrooms to assist with balance getting up and down,  this will also help prevent falls.

Many people over the age of 65 will suffer avoidable injuries that are associated with products in their own home which they are exposed to and use everyday.  Countless injuries to our seniors can can be avoided by the simple measures mentioned above, all of which are very easy to correct.

I hope you find this list to be informative and helpful.

Mom and Me at Fenn Valley Winery

Therese and Joyce

PLEASE NOTE:   These are suggestions for things easily remedied…there are many other things that can prove to be hazardous for our seniors.  Always seek out advice from Senior Care Professionals for instructions specifically tailored for your seniors own care.

 

I very much enjoy working with our seniors and assisting them with their real estate needs.  Always feel free to call me with any questions or anyway I can help at all.  :-)

Jenison, Hudsonville and Grandville MI, Real Estate Help for our Seniors.

IS NOW THE TIME FOR YOU TO MOVE?

Many seniors choose to stay in their homes which they have lived in for many, many years and are very happy and satisfied to be there. Others may find themselves thinking of a whole, new easier way of life and quite possibly just a smaller place to live.  Then some, they will live in their family home for years while planning to move towards assisted living when their needs require it.

Determining whether or not it is time for a change is often a very difficult decision for our seniors to make and many families find it incredibly challenging to even broach this subject with them.  Discussing thoroughly and determining the lifestyle and/or living needs of our senior family members is extremely important and oftentimes very stressful.

There are many factors for seniors and their family to consider to assist in determining if now is the time to make a move and exactly what that move should entail.  Our “first generation” retirees may be looking to downsize to a smaller home to be able to take advantage of their golden years…less maintainence, work and upkeep will allow them more free time to enjoy their favorite pastimes.  For our “second generation retirees” the driving force may very well be the need for more support and care services.

Here are a few things you should take into consideration while making this very important decision.

IS YOUR HOME TOO BIG?  Do you feel like to are just rattling around a big ole’ house feeling overwhelmed by it’s upkeep and maintenance?  Too much work, too many expenses and simply too much house for you to care for?

IS YOUR HOME FINANCIALLY AFFORDABLE?  Are you having a hard time maintaining your home financially?  Have the typical expenses such as taxes, utilities, lawn care etc….become a financial burden? Has retirement involved a reduction in your income and would a smaller-lower priced home or even a condo offer you more financial freedom and flexibility?

ARE YOU READY FOR A LIFESTYLE CHANGE?  If you are looking to spend the winter in warmer climates, just want to be closer to family, friends or have the ability to travel at your leisure, a “turn key” home may be a very good fit for you.  Something smaller, financially affordable, requiring little to no maintenance and allowing you the financial freedom to travel and come, go, do as you please.

DO YOU WANT TO BE CLOSER TO YOUR FAMILY?  Do you find yourself longing to be closer to your children and grandchildren or other close family members?  Not only would this allow you to enjoy more fun family times (that you may have otherwise missed), you will also have family close by in case an unexpected need should arise.

DO YOU HAVE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS IN YOUR HOME – IS IT SAFE?  Has your home become unsafe for you?  Does your home have too many levels or stairs?  Are you in need of handicap accessibility such as wider doorways, a step in shower, safety hand bars etc…?  There is truly nothing more important than your safety and well being.

Planning ahead and receiving knowledgeable, financial advice by an expert is vital to your successful move.  Please be sure to connect with a good financial adviser and/or accountant early on, to help assess your needs and set a sound financial plan for your future.

I thoroughly enjoy working with our seniors!  Always feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.  We can work together in setting a plan in motion to make your move as stress free as possible while meeting your current desires or needs.