Throughout the month of June, ParentYourParents.com will be posting blogs and articles providing information and resources to help educate visitors about the importance of home safety for seniors
Press Release (PressBurner) Jun 11, 2010 - Below are some quick safety tips to look for in your home, or your parent’s home, to prevent falls:
• Make sure stairs and steps, indoors and outside, have handrails on both sides that go from top to bottom.
• Make sure top and bottom of stairs, indoors and outside, are well lit.
• Small area rugs are easy to trip on. Tape them to the floor, or get rid of them.
• Keep stairs clear of stuff, inside and outside.
• Have nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways.
• Use a bath mat or non-slip strips in the bathtub and shower.
• Use non-slip rugs on the bathroom floor.
• Install grab bars in the bathtub and shower.
• Wipe up spills when they happen, and keep bathroom floors dry.
• Make sure porches are well lit.
• Keep sidewalks and paths in good repair, and clear of toys and other things.
• Fix broken stairs or chipped sidewalks as soon as possible.
Frye continues, “The best kind of peace of mind is knowing your aging loved ones are safe in their own home, or safe where ever they may be living. But how do you know what is considered ‘safe’? And when you really think about it, making sure your parent’s home is completely safe can be overwhelming. To assist our visitors and help them gain peace of mind we have also posted several home safety checklists on ParentYourParents.com.”
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