5 Tips for Elderly People to Improve Home Safety

As healthcare improves the number of elderly people living independently is increasing so safety at home is a growing priority. Simple precautions, which cost little or nothing and are easy to implement can greatly

improve home safety. Here are five basic measures designed to reduce the hazards in your home environment.

Reduce trip and fall risks

It’s a distressing fact that six people over 65 suffer a fall every minute. As around half of these occur at home, it’s a good idea to take a look around and see what can be done to lessen the risk. Trip hazards such

as rugs, trailing cables, loose footwear and clutter on the floor are all easily eliminated. Adaptations to make mobility easier, such as extra stair rails or a stair lift, additional lighting, and support bars in the bathroom are

well worth considering. Further information about preventing falls can be found here:


Let yourself be heard

Personal alarms, intercoms and other alert systems are an excellent confidence booster. Knowing that help is just a call or the push of a button away is hugely reassuring for those who may be feeling insecure due to

being alone or are concerned about falling. Such devices can be used to alert the emergency services, specialist security companies or anyone you can trust to respond to your call.

Check your locks

Make sure that you have locks on all doors and windows and that these are maintained in good working condition. Additionally, someone you trust should have a spare key in their possession so that they can gain

access if they think there’s a problem. Don’t unlock if you have the slightest suspicion that your caller might be bogus or threatening.

Watch out for fire hazards

Have smoke detectors installed and take particular care when cooking or when using electrical devices. Ensure you have a fire plan and rehearse it. Then, should the worst happen, you will know your escape route well and be able to think coolly and clearly in an emergency. Your local fire service will be pleased to provide a home visit to advise you.

Stay active

Keeping your mind and body as well exercised and active as possible has a number of benefits. The increased strength, balance and flexibility will help to prevent accidents. It increases bone density and restricts the development of osteoporosis. It also improves your mood and makes you feel more positive, and that can only be a good thing. Further information about the benefits of regular exercise and how to get started can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/activities-for-the-elderly.aspx

John Patterson

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by Dan Keating

This is very useful information. I am Chair of The Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum and would like to share the information with members. 5 of our members are over 90 the eldest being 95 whom has just a had a fall. Is there any chance of getting a hard copy so that I can distribute to all members

by Dan Keating

Thanks for this John – I didnt realise it was as high as 6 per minute! I guess another complimentary tip would be to consider telecare. My Gran had a reassurance call every morning for over 4 years.

Nice website by the way; whats the typical cost of a stairlift from yourself? I guess stairlifts are something to consider when considering home safety too.

Jamie Cole
Care Selector
0117 325 1155

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