Tips for Ensuring the Safety of the Elderly

People become more susceptible to accidents, injuries and various health issues as they age, particularly those who live alone because no one is there to take care of them or assist them in their daily activities.

If your parents are living alone or spend most of their time alone because of your work or study, make sure to take certain steps to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Health safety

Since health issues are common among the elderly, it is important to take measures for ensuring their health security which include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a file of their medical records, including all their reports and prescriptions
  • Label the medicines clearly so that they know when and how each medicine should be taken
  • Make sure they have enough quantity of healthy food
  • Dispose of all the old and expired medicines to avoid any confusions and emergencies
  • Regularly take them to the doctor

General Home Safety

Seniors can meet accidents and get injured due to falls, which become common as they age. To prevent them, make sure:

  • The flooring is non-slippery
  • Install support bars or handles all over their home
  • Either remove rugs or properly tape them to the floor as trips and falls usually happen because of rugs.
  • Clear hallways and staircases of all the obstacles
  • Make sure there is proper lighting everywhere
  • Wear comfortable and flat shoes
  • Install fire and safety alarms and check them regularly to ensure they are not out of order
  • Keep the doors and windows locked

Kitchen and Bathroom Safety

  • Avoid using the stove as much as possible
  • Install smoke detectors and keep checking their batteries to make sure they are working properly
  • Do not leave the food unattended on the stove
  • Install support handles everywhere in bathroom. This include near bathtub or shower, near washbasin and in toilet area.
  • At night time, leave the bathroom light open
  • Keep a spare bathroom key or use locks that can be opened from both sides
  • Always keep the bathroom floor dry
  • Place non-slippery mats to prevent falls and slips

Safety outside home

  • Do not carry too much cash while going out
  • Drive carefully
  • Always lock your car doors whenever you get in and out of the car
  • Do not place your valuables in the car
  • Never place the home’s spare key in your car
  • Always carry the telephone number of a family members or friend so that they can be contacted in case of any emergency
  • Before getting into your car, always check its back seat to make sure no one is hiding there

Consider sending them to a nursing home

If the elderly are suffering from any serious disease, need constant supervision or cannot carry out even the basic tasks without assistance, it is better that you consider sending them to a reliable and reputable nursing home to ensure their safety and health. Nursing homes provide seniors both medical supervision and help in carrying out daily tasks to make their lives better and easier. Although the decision for sending your parent/s to a nursing home is difficult to make, but you need to take the difficult step if that is necessary for their well-being.   

Bonus Tip: Write down all emergency numbers on paper and make two copies of it. Hang one in your home at a place where they are easily accessible and keep the second copy in the bag or wallet of your parent/s.

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