Is Your Senior loved One’s Home Safe? Here Are a Few Questions to Ask
If you have an aging senior parent to look after, then you know just how important it is to keep your loved one safe. If your senior is continuing to live on their own, there are a few things that you can do to make sure the home they are living in is as safe as possible. So, how do you determine if your loved one’s home is truly safe? Here are some questions to ask yourself about your senior loved one’s home so you can make certain they are living in the safest environment as possible.
- Are there loose rugs on the ground? This can be a tripping hazard?
- Is there enough lighting? It is important that your loved one is able to see and doesn’t fall.
- Are there smoke detectors? Make sure that they have batteries in them and are working.
- Is there an alarm system? If you are worried about break ins, there should be an alarm system in the home that your loved one knows how to use.
- Are the bathrooms safe? This is the number one area in the home where falls occur. Check to make sure there are sturdy handrails and that there aren’t mats that could present a potential tripping hazard.
- Do the staircases have handrails? Make certain there are handrails in place and that they are securely attached to the wall.
- Is there a fire extinguisher in the home? While you obviously hope your loved one will never need to use a fire extinguisher, there should still be one in the home should they need it.
- Can your loved one reach a phone or emergency alert system at all times? Depending on your loved one, this may mean a portable phone they have with them at all times or a service such as LifeAlert.
- Is it easy for your loved one to reach everyday items? Look at the basic items that your loved one needs to reach on a regular basis, such as kitchen essentials or medications. Is it easy for your loved one to reach these items? They shouldn’t have to strain or climb up on furniture in order to get these everyday items.
Questions like these are important, but these are details that are often not addressed when seniors are living alone. Don’t let potential safety issues such as this go overlooked in your loved one’s home. If your senior loved one is going to be living alone, then it is essential that you ask these questions to determine whether or not their home is safe.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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