15 Easy Safety Tips for Seniors to Try in the New Year

Senior in new year's eve celebration with party hats

With the year 2018 fast approaching, there is no better time than the present to start making some new resolutions for you and your aging senior loved one. Making a resolution to keep your senior loved one safer and healthier in the new year is a great way to ensure they will have the best 2018 possible. With this in mind, here are 20 easy safety tips you can start incorporating in the new year that will help your loved one stay safer both inside and outside the home.

  1. Install shower and tub grab bars in your loved one’s main bathroom.
  2. Have your senior’s vision checked at the beginning of the year.
  3. Start encouraging your loved one to do exercises to increase and strengthen their muscles and flexibility.
  4. De-clutter the home so your loved one is at less of a risk of falling.
  5. Check the smoke detectors in the home to make sure that they are all working.
  6. Add new lighting throughout the home to make sure your loved one can always see.
  7. Get your loved one an emergency device like Life Alert.
  8. Paint large numbers on the front of the home to make sure your loved one can always find where they are going.
  9. Invest in new slip-proof shoes for your loved one to lessen their chances of falling.
  10. Take your loved one to a senior-specific self defense class.
  11. Place no-slip mats on the shower and bathtub floor.
  12. Change all of the passwords on your loved one’s personal accounts to keep them safer when online.
  13. Help your loved one learn new microwave friendly meals so they can cook without the risk of using the stove.
  14. Get a new alarm system for your loved one’s home.
  15. Add night lights to your loved one’s home so they can see if they get up and wander in the middle of the night.

Easy tips like this can go a really long way when it comes to ensuring your senior loved one is as safe as possible. Remember, there is no such thing as keeping your loved one too safe, especially if they live alone. Little steps like this will not only give you some peace of mind in the new year, but will also help your loved one stay safe in 2018.

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