As your loved one ages, the risk of injury in the home can increase. Forgetfulness, dulled senses, and limited mobility can contribute to hazardous conditions in the home. This article will explore common hazards for elderly individuals, and what you can do to reduce these risks.
Fall Risks in the Home
Falls are the leading cause of injury among those aged 65 and older. Most falls take place in the elderly’s home. Thankfully, it can be easy to reduce fall risks from your loved one’s home. Removing clutter, cords, and keeping the floors clear of debris is a great place to start. Area rugs are a common cause of falls in the elderly. Remove area rugs from your loved one’s home to prevent tripping. Walkways should be well lit to help prevent further fall risks. Consider using nightlights or a bedside lamp to provide light for nighttime bathroom visits.
Fire hazards exist in all homes. But for elderly individuals with limited mobility, fires can be more deadly. Make sure that there are smoke detectors with fresh batteries throughout the home. Never let candles burn unattended. Check appliances for frayed cords. If your loved one uses space heaters, leave at least 3 feet of space from flammable materials.
Poison hazards are more common than you might expect. Be sure to install carbon monoxide detectors in bedrooms. Instruct your loved one to avoid heating their home using the stove or oven. If they have a fireplace, make sure that the flue is open and the chimney is clear when in use. Avoid mixing cleaners such as bleach and ammonia.
Elderly individuals may take medications at the wrong dosages or at the wrong time. This can have serious adverse effects. Keep medications organized and labeled in their original containers. Medications should be taken in a well-lit area, to avoid misreading labels.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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