Tips on How to Keep Your Outdoor Space Safe for Seniors

Now that warm weather is finally here, a lot of people suddenly want to be outdoors. However, staying in your outdoor space can pose safety threat not only to your young children but also to your senior loved ones. Below are some tips on how you can modify your outdoor area to ensure senior safety.

  • Thoroughly clean all slippery areas.
  • Install grab bars on the inside and outside of your patio door.
  • Keep your patio and other outdoor areas free from clutter.

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Tips on How to Ensure Senior Safety at Home

Anything can happen to your senior loved ones who are living independently at home. To help ensure their own safety, here are some tips you should keep in mind.

  • Install a home surveillance system to allow you to check in your senior loved ones via smartphone.
  • Install a panic button so emergency services will be notified in case of a safety issue.
  • Install rails in tubs and showers as well as locking down rugs to prevent falls.

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Tips for Elderly People Who Visit the Emergency

According to statistics, roughly 19.6 senior citizens visited the emergency department in 2009 and 2010. And because this can be a very stressful experience, here are some quick tips to keep in mind when you have a senior loved one visiting the emergency department.

  • Always have your medical history and information handy.
  • Ask your physician to call the emergency department if you are coming in on his advice.
  • Be honest with your physician as well as your loved ones regarding your health issues.

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Assessing your space and make sure it is free from any potential hazards is a great way to help prevent falls in senior citizens. Remember that hazards can be present in every room including bathrooms and staircases. To help ensure the safety of your elderly loved ones, here are some tips.

  • Make sure your shower door is made of plastic or safety glass.
  • Install sturdy towel bars.
  • Keep your outlets safe from electric shock.
  • Install grab bars in your bathtub and toilet.

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Tips on How to Take Care of Senior Loved Ones at Home

Many seniors prefer to receive treatment at home instead of a hospital. That being said, it is important for you to make some changes in your own home to make it a safer and more usable space.  Below are some tips on how you can adjust your home.

  • Install offset door hinges in narrow doorways.
  • Keep electrical controls and switches within reach even for a person in a wheelchair.
  • Install sturdy doorknobs and handles on the doors.

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