It is often said we are living in a ‘ageing society’, there are more older people than the young. Growing older comes with its own set of issues as well as a great appreciation for life. My parents are under 60 but already certain things are becoming a little bit harder. I come from a culture where you look after your ageing parents yourself than sending them to a home. There is nothing wrong with find a better place for our elderly relatives, it has to be the best option for the family. With that being said, I am happy to share this guest post with you on home safety for your elderly relatives.
According to the NHS, one in three over 65s living at home alone will have at least one fall per year; falls which can cause serious injuries requiring medical attention. Trips, falls and accidents in the home happen to the best of us, but they can be much more devastating to your elderly relatives. So how can you safeguard their home to give you peace of mind when you leave them after a visit?
Safeguarding should also allow your relative or friend to be:
- More independent
- and importantly more Mobile
Safeguarding should not leave your relative imprisoned in their home; it should encourage them to feel safe while being comfortable and able to fend for themselves. Some adaptations may be necessary to help them become more mobile or to help with day-to-day tasks such as cooking and washing themselves.
You may want to consider:
- Elevating toilet seats
- Adding grab bars in hallways and bathrooms
- Adding a chair to the shower
- Installing bed rails
- Adding ramps to doorways to avoid trips
- Installing a panic button
Assess the home first for potential areas where an accident may occur or there could be a hazard. This in-depth article on making your home safe for seniors should help you make the adjustments you and your relative needs.