Elderly Safety:
What You May Not Know

Elderly Safety is a growing concern as more seniors seek elderly independence.  Safety can be improved with the right products and equipment in the home. Bed safety is especially important as seniors commonly fall out of bed while sleeping or turning.  Falling often results in injuries and emergency room visits. 

According to the Mayo Clinic "Nearly a third of adults age 65 and older experience an unintentional fall each year in the United States. More than 2 million of them seek treatment in emergency departments..."  Although there are various reasons that can cause seniors to fall, the risk can be reduced by making some adjustments in the home and perhaps in lifestyle. 

Below are some simple things you can do to address those concerns.

Elderly safety tips for your home

Threshold Ramp
  • Keep the space clutter free
  • Engage in some physical activity; this will improve strength and balance
  • Use threshold ramps where needed for uneven floor surfaces i.e. doorways
  • Have an emergency plan
  • Consider a bedside commode to avoid walking to the bathroom at night
  • Inspect each room in the home and remove items that may be a hazard

As part of your emergency plan consider devices and equipment such as elderly phones with emergency pendant to dial 911.  Also keep a cascade of emergency contacts visible in case someone else has to make the call on your behalf. It's also a good idea to keep a good flashlight handy.

Mobility for Home Safety

If you need help with balance, there are support devices and lifting seats to help you get up from a seating position and to help you get out of bed, bed rails can provide the support you need and reduce the risk of losing your balance while standing.      

There are also various types of bars or poles that can be placed strategically in different areas of the home to provide support for individual needs.

Devices for assisted mobility such as walkers, canes and rollators provide added support so you can maintain your balance and allow you to still use your leg muscles as you walk.  Walking helps to keep your legs strong.  

Elderly Safety in the Bathroom

Bathroom Bundle

One of the specific areas of concern is the bathroom.  For a senior bathroom, there are products that can improve elderly safety while using the bathroom. Some of the more common items are bath grab bars, or bathroom rails.  View bathroom bundle video

A bath mat is also useful as it makes wet areas in the tub or shower less slippery; don't take this one for granted. Shower seats or bath seats allow you to remain seated while bathing thus reducing the risk of slips and falls.  When purchasing a chair to place in your tub, be sure to measure the width of your tub to make sure the chair will fit. 

Bath Lift

There are several types of shower seats such as shower transfer seat, shower chair for elders, shower benches, rotating stools and others.  All of these allow seniors to remain seated while bathing instead of moving around in a standing position in a wet area.  These simple items improve elderly safety.

There are also bath lifts. These allow you to enjoy a bath in different positions as this chair can be lowered to the bottom of the tub and can also recline by using a hand remote. At the end of the bath, just use the remote to raise the chair to exit the tub with minimum effort. See video

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The above are just some of the things that can be done to improve home safety for seniors and make independent living easier.  It is important to assess individual needs in order to select the appropriate products. 

The goal is to improve safety for the elderly; you must first assess your particular condition to determine what needs to be added in the home for your particular situation.  It's advisable to talk to your healthcare provider to help with this assessment if you have medical conditions, taking medication or have other restrictions or if you don't know.

Related pages:

Bed Safety for Security and Independence

Home Safety for the Elderly Needs Your Attention

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