Senior Safety In The Home

Senior safety in the home. Safety tips for senior citizens with Alzheimer's include the use of monitors, alarms, and magnetic door locks. For seniors to live independently and safely, seniors should know...

For seniors to live independently and safely, seniors should know and be aware of dangers and potential hazards in their homes, and take steps to prevent accidents from occurring. The following information is important for all seniors wanting to live safely and independently.

One of the first steps in proofing a home is to have a person call or visit them regularly, called a buddy system, to ensure that nothing serious has happened to the individual, according to Grand News, a quarterly publication for grandparents caring for their grandchildren at As more and more seniors live independently, senior proofing has exploded with information and safety devices to help seniors live more comfortably.

Senior citizens can easily fall down stairs or take wrong medications if left unsupervised. They should be especially careful during the coldest and hottest months of the year, says Robert Dane, owner of Child Senior Safety. "Everyone's needs are different, so those with conditions like Alzheimer's should be more closely monitored around pools and areas with ramps," he says. Home monitors are available for senior citizens to inform a caretaker when a senior has left the area and might be headed for trouble. If a senior is bed ridden, there are alarms to let a person know if the senior has tried to get up and walk around.

Other important tips for seniors to keep in mind when proofing their homes are listed below. Night-lights are important devices to help keep light constantly on to prevent serious falls and injuries. Non-skid rubber mats are also essential in bathtubs or showers to prevent falls on slippery surfaces. Cell phones should also be on hand for emergencies when leaving their residence and every senior should make sure a phone is installed in every major room in case of a serious accident. Medications should be kept in properly marked containers to prevent them from ingesting wrong pills, and all seniors should read labels before taking pills. Have someone, such as a housekeeper, come regularly to help keep his or her home clean. This helps prevent sickness, falls, and also allows for the senior to have someone to talk to if they are feeling lonely. All seniors should have emergency phone numbers by the telephone or have them put on their speed dial. Make sure outdoor stairs and walkways are well lighted and have rails installed to prevent falls. To prevent serious falls inside, have non-skid backings underneath all rugs to prevent the rug from moving. First aid kits should be kept in every room and should be well stocked. "Having supplies gathered ahead of time will help handle emergencies at a moments notice," the publication states. "A first aid kit should be kept in the home and in each car." All kits should have the following: sterile gauze, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages in several sizes, elastic bandage, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, antiseptic solution, hydrocortisone cream, aspirin, tweezers, sharp scissors, safety pins, instant cold packs, calamine lotion, alcohol wipes, thermometer, plastic gloves, and a flashlight.

When answering phone calls, seniors should avoid telemarketers to prevent telephone fraud. Personal information, such as credit card or bank account numbers should not be given over the phone. If asked this information, seniors should hang up immediately.

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