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Living Alone and Staying Safe
It's not unusual that some people who live on into their old age still remain in their own home; some may be cared for by one or even several family members but sometimes they may live on their own. This can definitely cause problems and it's important to create a risk-free environment in the home in order to prevent accidents and injuries. Throughout this article we'll be taking a look at some steps you can take in order to make your home is as safe as possible.
Keep the home free from clutter
One of the most beneficial steps you can take in order to create a safe environment is to make sure that the home is free from clutter; this means that if something isn't in use, it should be stored away and not obstruct the path of the elderly.
This may be a hard step to implement as many of us like to keep our possessions and this often results in a cluttered home. If possible, store any items that aren't in day-to-day use. Stay positive about de-cluttering the home - think of it as an opportunity to review what you own, recall fond memories and create space in the home. Don't forget, you can often sell unwanted items.
Preventing slips and falls
The second thing you should take a look at is preventing slips and falls. Make sure the flooring is suitable: don't use laminate flooring and make sure that rugs are secured or removed. Carpet is generally the best flooring option to prevent slips. In addition to this, there are also products you can purchase such as handrails which will aid you when moving around the home.
Install proper lighting
You should also install proper lighting in the necessary areas. For example, it might be a wise idea have a night-light in and around the kitchen and bathroom. You should also make sure that any light switches are close to the doors. In addition, a torch kept close to the bedside would be a great idea.
Check the stairs
It is important to check the stairs and make sure that they are not dangerous. Many people develop mobility problems as they get into their old age so this could be one of the most important steps to take. Take measures to minimise the use of stair during the day and if possible install a bathroom downstairs. Consider moving your bedroom downstairs as well.
Always make sure that the stairs are properly lit, free from slip risks and uncluttered at all times.
Don't forget communication!
It's important to provide a means of communication. In the event of an accident or injury you need to be able to get to the phone. Consider placing a handset at all available points or carrying a mobile phone with you as you move about the house - just don't forget to keep it charged. Personal alarms are also a good idea if you would struggle to reach a telephone in the event of an accident.