Practice these Preventative Tips for Senior Safety
The World Health Organization’s World Report on Ageing and Health indicates that, around the world, today’s seniors are living longer lives than their predecessors. In fact, the population of people aged 65 and older has increased tenfold in the last century, and ABC News claims the elderly are living in more comfort and better health than ever before. As a consequence, this development has also led to growing popularity of in-home care for seniors. A healthy lifestyle not only includes exercise and nutrition, but also a safe home. Because the safety of our loved ones always comes first. Take these precautions to prevent falls and accidents in the home.
Create a Safe Environment
To create an independent living situation, eliminate home hazards. Consider installing handrails and automated lights on both sides of the stairs. Remove or tack down all rugs to prevent falls. Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet. If necessary, consider installing a stairlift. Avoid wax on floors and wipe up spills immediately.
Practice A Safe Life
As we age, our bodies lose core strength and stability. Small daily activity will do wonders to increase strength and health. According to the ADT Independent Living Guide, light yard work and walks down the block can improve your overall well being. Exercise can increase energy, slow down the progression of diabetes and improve mood and sleep.
For extra precaution, seniors should avoid standing on ladders and or chairs. When getting up or down, take time to make sure you’ve regained balance. Wear low-heeled shoes for extra support.
In Case of Emergency
Consider a medical alert system. If an accident were to occur, you can take comfort in knowing help is on its way by just one push of a button. ADT Medical Alert, for example, provides 24 hour monitoring and can call emergency services and family members. It can remind you to take your medication and some even include GPS, which can help take track of someone who has early stages of Alzheimer’s. Many of its monitoring devices are waterproof so they can be worn in the shower. Most importantly, it lets you live independently without having your family members worrying about you.