Imagine a good day at home, with you cleaning your kitchen and having a generally good time, when suddenly you hear a loud thump. Your thoughts rush to your elderly mom who has been living with you and having trouble keeping her balance. You rush to the source of the sound, and you make a big sigh of relief as you see that it is just your kitty messing around your vase.
If you’re constantly worried about your aged loved one getting into an accident at home, it’s time to make some changes to make your home safer. From handrails to new furniture, you can make it easier for your elderly loved one to navigate your home.
Reduce the risk of falls by installing handrails and grab bars
A study published in NCBI revealed that falls comprise 75% of injuries among the elderly in developed countries such as the U.S. Falls often happen due to uneven floors and surfaces, a lack of lighting, misplaced objects, unstable furniture, and more. Prevent falls by installing handrails and grab bars where needed, such as stairs and bathrooms. Handrails near the toilet are one of the most important bathroom equipment for the elderly since the slippery flooring increases their risk of slipping and falling.
It’s also a good idea to buy your elderly loved one a pair of non-slip shoes. You should also ensure that there is enough lighting in all areas of your home, especially in the stairs and doorways. Remove all obstacles that may cause older people to trip, such as cables and other clutter. If you have kids, explain to them why they can’t leave their toys lying around the floor. It’s also helpful to have a dedicated playroom so that the clutter will stay behind closed doors. Pathways with uneven pavements or cracks should also be repaved.
Prevent food-related incidents by labeling your food items
It’s easy for older people to confuse product labels because of issues with their vision. This will lead to unfortunate accidents of eating food they are allergic to or food that will choke them. To avoid this kind of accident, mark your food items with big, readable labels. You should also write purchase and expiration dates clearly to keep them from eating expired food. Also, when preparing food for the elderly, make sure that the size and texture of the food won’t cause them to choke.
Buy equipment specific to the needs of your aged loved one
Elderly people experience different kinds of pain and body changes. For example, those with rheumatism of the knee find it hard to sit down and get back up. They may not complain much, but the truth is that the pain is extreme. To make their lives easier, you can buy a chair riser or lift assist that helps them with sitting down and getting up.
Living with the elderly has its own challenges, but nothing can’t be solved with patience, understanding, and helpful tricks. Stay understanding of their needs and be willing to adjust your living space to accommodate them.