When given the choice, 90% of aging adults would like to stay in their home rather than move into an assisted living community or retirement home. This is called aging in place. At Next Day Access, our specialty is providing the necessities needed for aging adults to age in place safely. Therefore, we have compiled some tips to keep aging adults safe and relaxed in their homes.
1. Try to keep from falling. You can do this by practicing exercises that help with fall prevention (we have some exercises listed in a previous blog that you can do from the comfort of your home.). If you have fallen before, you are more likely to fall again. Investing in a particular alarm you can wear and press if you fall is a good idea. That way, if you fall and cannot get to the phone to call for help, help will still be on the way.
You can also ensure your home is “fall-proof” by adding rubber slip-resistant mats in the bathroom or kitchen, investing in a walk-in tub, and installing grab bars and shower handles. If you must have rugs in your home, be sure they are taped down, so you do not slip on them. Keep paths well-lit and clear of clutter and consider investing in hallway railings.
Lastly, if you have a walker or cane, always use it rather than holding onto furniture or walls while walking through your home.
2. Keep emergency numbers nearby or stored where you can easily access them in your phone. You should have a list of emergency contacts, as well as poison control, your local police station (not just 911), and your healthcare provider’s number.
The number for poison control is 1-800-222-1222.
3. Protect yourself from fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. When cooking, do not wear loose garments. If your appliances have damaged electrical cords or are popping while cooking, it is time to invest in a replacement. Make sure you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home and that the batteries are always up to date. If you rent your home, it is a law that they provide smoke detectors. You may have to purchase a carbon monoxide detector. If you have a gas stove, ensure all burners are turned off completely. The burners can emit dangerous gas if not turned off completely. Lastly, never leave candles burning or smoke in bed.
4. Keep your medications organized. Keep your medicines in their original bottles so you do not mix them up. Ask your pharmacist to adhere large print labels on your medication bottles so you can see exactly what you are taking. Bring your medicine bottles to every doctor’s visit so they can ensure you are taking them correctly.
5. Keep safe from criminals. The best way to deter burglars is by installing an alarm system. They even make ones with cameras mounted at your door or near windows to see who is on your doorstep or near windows. In addition to an alarm, never let a stranger inside your home. If they are there for repairs, have them show you proof of their business relationship with the company you hired. Keep all doors and windows locked at all times. Never share your personal information, such as your social security number or bank information, with a stranger on the phone.
We hope these tips will help you feel safe and more relaxed at home. When you feel safe, it helps you feel more relaxed. Next Day Access can help you secure your home in many ways. Contact your nearest Next Day Access location for more information or to schedule an in-home consultation.