Every year, thousands of adults are tasked with the decision of whether or not to move their parents into a retirement community. While there are numerous benefits to these communities, many seniors may prefer the independence of their own home. In fact, a study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons found that around 75% of research participants wished to remain in the personal home as long as physically possible. It is a tough decision to make, trying to find the balance between the seniors’ preferences and safety, however If the choice is made to keep the senior in their home, there are several safety measures that can be taken to help prevent accidents. Below are four steps to help make the home safer for a senior:

1) Hazard-Proof the Home.

As age increases, seniors may begin to struggle with their vision, ability to walk and their balance. Removing hazards from around the home that could cause incidents is one way to counteract these struggles.

2) Rethink the Bathroom.

With many slippery surfaces, bathrooms are one of the most common locations for senior falls. Also, because of the noise caused by a shower or running sink, it may be difficult to hear someone in case of an emergency. A few simple adjustments to the bathroom can help prevent these falls.

3) Make Things Easier.

We all have our daily routines and activities that feel like second nature to us, however as certain capabilities begin to diminish, these routines become strenuous. By adjusting certain aspects of daily life, everything can go much more smoothly.

4) Don’t Be Afraid to Use Outside Help.

A great compromise for a senior that doesn’t want to leave the comfort of their own home is to enlist the help of a third party.

 

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